A Place on the Water: An Angler's Reflections on Home

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More than a collection of fishing stories, A Place on the Water is a passionate and eloquent exploration of subjects with broad appeal: love of land and water, informed and unsentimental appreciation of nature, and outrage at changes that threaten to obliterate places we can no longer afford to take for granted. In clear and sparkling prose, Jerry Dennis transports us to a world that every angler dreams of-where the very next cast will be the one that hooks something enormous ...

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Overview

More than a collection of fishing stories, A Place on the Water is a passionate and eloquent exploration of subjects with broad appeal: love of land and water, informed and unsentimental appreciation of nature, and outrage at changes that threaten to obliterate places we can no longer afford to take for granted. In clear and sparkling prose, Jerry Dennis transports us to a world that every angler dreams of-where the very next cast will be the one that hooks something enormous and wonderful.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This writer-artist team shines a bright and lovely light on nature." —Los Angeles Times

"Enjoyable reading with beautiful, evocative illustrations." —Sports Afield

"Jerry Dennis is one of a handful of superb younger writers who love angling deeply and write memoirs full of warmth, eloquence, and wit. A Place on the Water is a book of many robust-and fragile-miracles." —Nick Lyons, author of Spring Creek

"This is a book that will remind you why you've always loved fishing, canoeing, and all the other things you can only do on the water." —John Gierach, author of Even Brook Trout Get the Blues

Author of AMERICAN WAY - Geoffrey Norman
A Place on the Water is a collection of lyrical, haunting essays, set in northern Michigan. Many are about fishing, but that does not necessarily mean they are to be enjoyed strictly by anglers. Hemingway [wrote] about fishing, too, but can be read for pleasure if you have never wet a line…Dennis covers a lot of ground...but there is throughout the book a kind of constant tone, as sharp and precise as the scent of cedar. And it stays with the reader long after he has put down the book.
Sports Afield
Eloquent essays about the author’s adventures exploring his love of land, water and nature in his beloved Michigan…Enjoyable reading with beautiful, evocative illustrations.
Author of SPRING CREEK - Nick Lyons
Jerry Dennis is one of a handful of superb writer who love angling deeply and write memoirs full of warmth, eloquence, and wit. A Place on the Water is a book of many robust—and fragile—miracles.
Silent Sports Magazine
Dennis is a gifted writer whose best stories evoke a true ‘spirit of place,’ to use a Lawrence Durrell phrase. Like fellow Michigan writer Jim Harrison, Edward Abbey, or Durrell, whose works of fiction and non-fiction would bring to life the places they wrote about, Dennis’ Michigan springs to life. You can almost smell the musky riverbanks or hear the buzzing mosquitoes…You don’t need to know anything about fishing to enjoy this wonderful book.
Fly Rod and Reel Magazine
My favorite things are a single phrase: “It felt like the hand of the earth came up and grabbed my line”; and a profile, the best one I’ve ever seen, of the great fly-fishing writer Robert Traver… [This book] is a textbook demonstration of how loyalty to a place can produce a fascinating body of work that will be read far outside that place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312141271
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 804,558
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Dennis, author of It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, is a frequent contributor of essays, articles, and short fiction to many of the leading outdoor and nature publications in the United States. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

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