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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.
Jim Stegner saw red. Rage overflowed and murder became the focus of his narrowing field of vision. The question is can he move on from his past or is he destined to repeat it? Read morePublished 1 day ago by ashertopia
Fascinating look at both painting and fly fishing. What an interesting man and really good ending!Published 1 day ago by Lenna Webb
What do you get if you cross "No Country for Old Men," with "A Dignified Exit" - probably the best book that I have read this year. Or last year. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Richda D. McNutt
Not quite as great as The Dog Stars, but that's a high bar to hit. I loved the integration and breakdown of poetry in this novel. Read morePublished 9 days ago by CHRIS L BEROGAN