So I read The Dog Stars, which I mentioned in my last post.
It kept me up all night.
Let me get this out of the way: it is a post-pandemic/apocalyptic novel.
It is also beautifully written, with a poet's sensitivity to language and way of seeing things in a new perspective. It is dark and violent, but also filled with great love and beauty. Reverence for nature. Finely drawn characters. A wonderful dog--if you like dogs you will fall in love with Jasper. It will make you worry about climate change, but doesn't use that phrase. It doesn't lecture, it reveals. The prose is delicate for such hard stuff, and slightly unconventional.
It is Peter Heller's first novel, but he has published three non-fiction outdoor adventure books, about surfing; an eco-pirate ship hunting down a Japanese whaler; and a kayaking expedition in Tibet. He also studied poetry in graduate school, and those experiences can be felt in The Dog Stars.
I feel fortunate to have read two books in a row that I feel so strongly about. And isn't it a little bit interesting that both have Stars in the title?
pictures taken by me in Hudson New York, Andes New York, and Wellesley Massachusetts.