Dave Eggers never repeats himself; each of his books is unlike anything he has written before. In his most recent work, he tells the story of Josie, a woman who suddenly leaves for Alaska with her two children, Paul age 8 and Ana 5. Traveling across the state in an old RV she has rented that does not exceed 48 miles an hour, Josie ponders her history and the people who she feels have been responsible for her flight from Ohio.
Heroes of the Frontier is both poignant and funny, and Josie is a wonderfully drawn character who grabs her readers, despite her flaws. Seldom can a male writer get into the head of a female character and depict her in an honest, realistic way. Dave Eggers is one of those male authors.