|With this eclectic collection of essays, short stories, and poems, Richard Chiappone elongates the fishing-writing genre like a perfect backcast, suggesting that he finds almost anything a fisherman does interesting--anything but the actual fishing. He describes only one sport fish landed--a late season Alaskan steelhead too cold to put up a fuss about being hooked. In another piece, he never gets any farther than his own backyard, standing in a midwinter snow bank, casting to house cats. The essays, both funny and touching, reveal him as a writer of stark contradictions: a man who despises winter and loves living in Alaska, who thinks that the Clean Water Act ruined as much as it fixed. At the heart of these writings is one fisherman’s curiosity about how others might think and feel, and the real quarry Chiappone is casting about for is always empathy.|
About the Author:
Richard Chiappone is the author of the story collection Water of an Undetermined Depth. A thirty-year Alaskan, Chiappone lives with his wife, Lin, and several Siamese cats on a steelhead river near Anchor Point.
“Rich Chiappone is one of the very few writers whose work I always want to read. He’s among the best there is. This collection--funny, thoughtful, poignant, and self-deprecating--is something everyone who cares about good writing will enjoy.”
--Pete Fromm, author of As Cool As I Am
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