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The Sky Fisherman (Paperback)

Author:  Craig Lesley
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312147384
ISBN-13: 9780312147389
Sku: 30045287
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  304
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Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs flow together with the forces of nature, in this engrossing novel. It is a story of loss and redemption, family and community, the western panorama, and the landscape of the heart. This is a moving family portrait etched in the rugged terrain of a small town in Oregon.
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Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs flow together with the forces of nature, in this engrossing novel. It is a story of loss and redemption, family and community, the western panorama, and the landscape of the heart. This is a moving family portrait etched in the rugged terrain of a small town in Oregon.
The lives of young Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic uncle Jake have been always overshadowed by the death of Culver's father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver is engulfed by the dangers he finds lurking in the place he'd come to call home. Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs flow together with the forces of nature in this novel. |
Craig Lesley is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for both Winterkill and The Sky Fisherman, and is also the author of River Song and Storm Rider. He lives in Portland with his wife and two daughters.|
Winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award||The lives of young Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic uncle Jake have been always overshadowed by the death of Culver's father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver is engulfed by the dangers he finds lurking in the place he'd come to call home. Love, death, coming of age, and Native American spiritual beliefs flow together with the forces of nature in this novel. |
"City boy though I am, I fell into Lesley's wonderfully told story as though it were my own . . . It reminded me once again of just how welcome you can feel in the midst of a novel."—Alan Cheuse, National Public Radio||"An accomplished book. Lesley's biblical, metaphoric invocations of fire and water are powerfully drawn . . . Unsentimental, vigorous, and compassionate."—Valerie Miner, The Boston Sunday Globe||"An exquisite novel that holds the voices of the river and its people in perfect balance. It is a story that stays with you and grows between silences. Mr. Lesley is an empathetic force in fiction."—Terry Tempest Williams||"A complex and vivid and surprisingly funny book, a book I greatly admire."—Robert Olen Butler ||"An exquisitely delineated map of America. All of our history is encompassed in its pages. The author retells the ancient struggle between whites and Native Americans for cherished territory. And as in any great American novel, a young man comes to terms with his own flawed heritage."—Carolyn See||"Lesley leaves crimes unresolved in The Sky Fisherman and concentrates on something larger—the joy and tragedy of human endeavor. His well-defined characters pull us quickly into small-town life . . . and through them we discover another character, a wild river that runs through this wonderful novel like a great shudder."—Barry Lopez|
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Culver is a teenager growing up in the Northwest whose life seems to be getting more complex as he gets older. His father has drowned; the prejudice in his town against the local Native Americans troubles him; his mother dislikes his Uncle Jake; and his stepfather is on the run from arson charges. Culver works at his uncle's bait-and-tackle shop, where he associates with the hangers-on, whom he calls the "backroom boys." "The Sky Fisherman" is the story of Culver's journey to maturity, caught as he is in a web of family and social alliances.

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Kirkus Reviews
"Earnest, a little too nice, but ultimately persuasive: This is being touted as Lesley's breakthrough book--and it may go far." 07/01/1995

Bloomsbury Review
"Lesley covers an astonishing number of issues and relationships in this novel, and it is a tribute to his abilities as a storyteller and plot technician that the reader is never overwhelmed." - Abigail Davis May/June 96

Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Lesley's unsentimental yet compassionate coming-of-age story takes place in the small Midwestern town of Gateway....Lesley wisely refuses to wrap everything up in a neat package, leaving some of Gateway's mysteries unsolved." 11/17/1996

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0304
Product attributePublisher:   Picador USA
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