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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
It's also a very well written and interesting story.
Beautiful, lyrical writing – Peter Heller describes the Colorado and New Mexico scenery with the painterly style of his protagonist, the Painter.
I really wanted to like this, and the story was pretty interesting, but I found the writing to be just a little too flowery.
When I first started reading this book I was amazed at the style of writing. How could a symphony of writing deal with the top forty tale of a car chasing thriller? Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Betsy Price
I have recommended it to all of my Taos ski buddies.Heller nails that part of the world.Published 2 days ago by richard griggs
The book was ok. I was disappointed b/c I really liked Dog Stars. The author rambled on about this guy's thoughts after he killed two people and the guilt associated with the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by oblina7200
This novel is set in three locations important to me: Santa Fe, Taos and Paonia, CO. The last place is not verity well known, but it is where I once lived. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Larry Dorsey
One of my favorite books ever. A muscular, literary tale that u both race through and want to savor.Published 3 days ago by Kelly Jameson (also writes as Ann Kelly)
It's a good story but not as good as The Dog Stars. I really like his story telling style and how he takes you really into the characters.Published 3 days ago by Bill
I loved every page of Peter Heller's new novel. The main character, Jim Stegner, is sympathetic and complex, and surprises you when you least expect it with meditations on... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Elisabeth Hyde