THE RIVER WHY
Author: David James Duncan
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA, Mar 2016
Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man's wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. 5.5x8 inches, 432 pgs.
Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan's protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman--a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply, and who speaks with startling truth about the way we live.
The River Why is a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet. It is the story of one man's search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Irreverent, offbeat, and thoroughly likable."
--Los Angeles Times
"Entertaining. . . humorous. . . well worth reading."
"Wonderfully funny. . . imbued with a wisdom and a rather joyous ecology-minded spirit."
"A veritable epic. . . moving, rhapsodic in its intensity."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David James Duncan is the author of The Brothers K, an American Library Association Best Books Award winner and a New York Times Notable Book, and River Teeth, a memoir and collection of stories. The River Why and The Brothers K both won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award. Duncan's work has appeared in Harper's, Outside, Orion, The Sun, Sierra, Big Sky Journal, Northern Lights, Gray's Sporting Journal, and many other publications. He lives with his family beside a Montana trout stream.