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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: Following up on the success of The Dog Stars, his post-apocalyptic literary debut of 2012, Peter Heller now pivots in a slightly different direction. The Painter is a contemporary Western about a 45-year-old artist and fly fisherman named Jim Stegner. Having lost two wives to divorce and his only daughter to violence, Stegner has felt the sting of life; but he’s also capable of experiencing great beauty, whether through his art, his relationships, or while out casting on a river. Heller skillfully balances these two sides of his protagonist, painting a portrait of a man whose dark edge can explode in unexpected ways (the first line of The Painter is "I never imagined I would shoot a man)." As the action moves forward, Heller proves adept at describing both peace and violence, and his second novel establishes him firmly in the tradition of writers like Kent Haruf, Thomas McGuane, and Cormac McCarthy. --Chris Schluep
Was a exciting book to read. When I was done reading it, I cant stop thinking about the story! Highly recommend the book.Published 10 days ago by Barbara Lynn
The images created by the powerful words in this book are invigorating and refreshing. I strongly recommend taking the time to read.Published 11 days ago by Kyle Lavin
Great book. Very well written and great subject material. Not for everyone since one of the major subjects is the murder of two people by the main character. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Troutman
Writers of the first person narrative are beaten about the head and shoulders with: "SHOW DON"T TELL. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alan C. Iannacito
Great book! I was driven to finish it. Nice descriptions are mountains.Published 25 days ago by bmckdoublee