Author: Bill Carter
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER, May 2008
A vivid account of the danger, madness, pain, & exaltation of working on a salmon fishing boat & living in a small village on the farthest edge of Alaska. The thrilling story of one man's transformation from novice to seasoned fisherman over the course of four beautiful, brutal summers. 6x9, 256 pgs.
Set in the tiny native Alaskan village of Egegik on the shores of Bristol Bay, Red Summer is the thrilling story of one man's transformation from novice to seasoned fisherman over the course of four beautiful, brutal summers in one of the most remote landscapes in America. As millions of salmon race toward their annual spawning grounds, Carter learns the ancient, backbreaking trade of a setnet fisherman, one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
Housed in a dilapidated shack with no hot water and boarded-up windows that keep the bears at bay, Carter spends his days battling the elements on the river and his nights drinking whiskey with an unforgettable group of hard-working, hard-living characters; from Sharon, the tough, charismatic woman who runs Carter's fishing crew, to Carl, her stoic but warm-hearted partner, to a half-dozen local fishermen who were born and raised in this hardscrabble place.
Bill Carter, says the musician Bono, is "one of those guys who seeks answers to questions most of us are afraid to ask." With Red Summer, he captures a dying way of life and joins a great tradition of American outdoorsmen-writers, from Ernest Hemingway to Jon Krakauer to Sebastian Junger. Written with grace, gusto, and honesty, this is the perfect read for anyone who has ever longed to escape the bonds of modern civilization.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
BILL CARTER is the author of Fools Rush In: A True Story of Love, War, and Redemption, and the director of Miss Sarajevo, an award-winning documentary produced by Bono. Carter lives in Southern Arizona.