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THE RUN: THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF A CAPE COD CLASSIC
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THE RUN: THE FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF A CAPE COD CLASSIC

Author: John Hay
Publisher: HOUGHTON-MIFFLIN CO, Mar 2002
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-8070-8570-7

Synopsis
Perched on the banks of Stony Brook in the Cape Cod town of Brewster, Hay observes the stunning phenomenon of the annual run of the alewife, a herring that spawns in fresh water, enters the ocean as a fingerling, & returns to its natal pond. 7 B&W illus; 5.5x8.5 inches, 192 pgs.

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John Hay's many books about Cape Cod "belong in the company of Thoreau, Donald Culross Peattie, Henry Beston, and Rachel Carson" (Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe). His first book, The Run, published in 1959, remains among his best loved. Now back in print in a beautiful new edition, The Run belongs in every nature-writing library.

Perched on the banks of Stony Brook in the Cape Cod town of Brewster, Hay observes the stunning phenomenon of the annual run of the alewife, a herring that spawns in fresh water, enters the ocean as a fingerling, and returns to its natal pond. From the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Carolinas, hordes of alewives make the dramatic journey every spring. For Hay, the run is filled with danger and beauty: "In terrible simplicity, the alewives were swimming toward the inland gauntlet they would have to run, having a title, by their common, wild, and ancient advent, to all great kindled things"

Forty years after John Hay wrote The Run, we still don't know where alewives spend the winter at sea, how they navigate and identify home waters, what changes must occur to adapt them rapidly to saltwater or to fresh. Hay's impassioned, keenly observant prose is, most importantly, open to the great mystery: "Is there any man who knows the length and breadth of anything, let alone a creek?"


 
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