Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Painter
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
12 posts | 20 read | 25 to read
Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past. Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience. A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
Susan
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

Love Heller‘s books.

3 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Bookwurmz
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller

Wanted to like this because I absolutely loved The Dog Stars, but it was really hard to get into the characters.

blurb
BookBabe
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

#BookNLunch! #ThePoconoBookClub edition!! This time at Panera Bread. Yummy broccoli cheddar soup, chunk of delicious fresh baked bread, and agave lemonade! Mmm! ? ? Double discussion of "The Painter" AND "One Summer". Our vote to choose a book resulted in a tie, and the tiebreaker vote resulted in another tie, hence 2 selections! ??? Big turnout today, too! ?? I read both books...enjoyed The Painter much more! ?

kspenmoll Love their broccoli cheddar soup❤️ 2y
RadicalReader @BookBabe broccoli cheddar soup has been a favorite of mine if only French onion soup would successfully par with broccoli cheddar soup Nirvana would be achieved! 2y
104 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
MrBook
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

#BookNLunch! #ThePoconoBookClub edition!! Panera Bread edition! Accompaniment this afternoon for discussion of "The Painter" AND "One Summer": fuji apple chicken salad, chips, and agave lemonade. MMMmm ?! We had one of lot largest meetings ever, which was fantastic! Wish there were more bibliophiles in our area who like to meet up and discuss books, but the crew we've got is a blessing in and of itself. ???

blurb
BookBabe
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

#BookNBrunch! Our dear friend from Pocono Book Club, former owner of River Run Bookstore in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, wasn't going to be able to make today's meeting, so she invited us to brunch in order to not have to go another month without seeing each other! What a sweetheart. 😊 I finally got to try @MrBook 's fave sandwich here—egg, melted cheddar, arugula, & chorizo on a delicious fresh roll. And of course the Stumptown coffee! Yum! 😋

Dragon That looks yummy 😋 2y
102 likes1 comment
blurb
sayrice
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

Books and blankets. Perfect for a rainy summer day.

review
Chelseylovestoread
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image
Pickpick

What an ending to such a good book. I love the way it was written. The protagonist is definitely not a completely good guy, but you can't help fiercely rooting for him throughout the book. Makes you want to get lost in the wilderness and take it all in.

blurb
krismac
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

Dollar Tree book haul!

LeahBergen Ooo, I have The Queen's Dwarf on my shelf! 👍🏼 3y
Laura317 Dollar Tree books are a steal! 3y
42 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
MrBook
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image
Pickpick

A seemingly scant, terse read, the narrative has deep well-springs of meaning & contemplation. In the American Southwest, a moody & plain Nature artist expresses himself through symbolic painting. Dealing with his daughter's loss, he acts as a bit of a loner & vigilante. I picture Josh Brolin in the title role. This books starts off with a literal BANG! and holds your attention until the end. #PairWith: Don Quixote Blue Corn Bourbon, straight.

Lynnsoprano Not familiar with that bourbon, and bourbon recommendations are just as important as those for books😎 3y
MrBook @Lynnsoprano 😎👌🏻🙌🏻! Someone brought it to a Cinco de Mayo celebration one year, and I thought it was pretty good 😊. 3y
melbeautyandbooks Excellent review! 3y
See All 7 Comments
carys14 The audio version is one of my favorites!!!! I also loved 3y
MrBook @melbeautyandbooks Thank you 😁👍🏻! @carys14 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👍🏻!!! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 👍🏻 3y
BookBabe Love this one! 🙌🏻 3y
111 likes8 stack adds7 comments
review
BookBabe
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image
Pickpick

It's #Recommendsday ! I'm eager to recommend this great book. It's a tale of adventure, suspense, and danger, wrapped in the beauty of art and nature. Lots of fishing & spending time in the woods. I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read and perfect for summer. Sure to please lovers of art, fishing, and the great outdoors. Pair it with a good, cold beer. (Or in this case, with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita, since that's all they had at this BBQ) 😉

HiddenGemBooks @Tanzy13 it has a horse! You should try this one! 3y
brendanmleonard Wow, sounds great - I am a fan of all the things you mentioned 😂 3y
MrBook 😊👍🏻 3y
Alena This is a fantastic book. A very worthy #recommendsday. Have you read Let Him Go? It reminded me very much of Heller in tone. 3y
Posemn Sounds like this is right up my alley. Thanks! 3y
83 likes11 stack adds5 comments
quote
ElizabethSensa
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

"What is it about painting, how it can hit people exactly like music, and hit people so differently." P 344

"Most of us are never seen, not clearly, and when we are we likely jump and run. Because being seen can be followed by the crack of a shot or the twang of an arrow." P. 277

10 likes2 stack adds
blurb
HardcoverHearts
The Painter: A novel | Peter Heller
post image

Someone recommended this to me. I'm doing the audiobook. It's shockingly masculine. Haha- clearly I have been reading a TON of women writers! There are some interesting aspects, especially the beginning, but I'm not sure if I will be seeing this through. What say you? Any strong feelings on this?

ReadingEnvy A guest on my podcast liked it but preferred his earlier novel. I have yet to try either but want to. 3y
HardcoverHearts @ReadingEnvy - it's growing on me! I haven't stopped it yet. 3y
11 likes4 stack adds2 comments