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Fly Fishing the River of Second Chances: Life, Love, and a River in Sweden
     

Fly Fishing the River of Second Chances: Life, Love, and a River in Sweden

by Jennifer Olsson
 

"Some people have mastered fly fishing. Some have mastered writing. Very few have mastered both. Jennifer Olsson is one of those rare people. In this delightful book, she weaves a humorous, courageous tale of romance into a tapestry of fishing and family. Her courage in following her heart, even to a remote cabin with no plumbing in a faraway land, makes for an

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"Some people have mastered fly fishing. Some have mastered writing. Very few have mastered both. Jennifer Olsson is one of those rare people. In this delightful book, she weaves a humorous, courageous tale of romance into a tapestry of fishing and family. Her courage in following her heart, even to a remote cabin with no plumbing in a faraway land, makes for an inspiring story. Not to mention really, really funny."

—-Judy Muller, author of Now This: Radio, Television...and the Real World

"Jennifer Olsson serves up rural Sweden and the delightful impracticalities of midlife romance in a fresh, sweet voice. Fly Fishing the River of Second Chances is a wonderful sun-lounge companion."

—-Laura Hengstler, editor of Big Sky Journal

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Olsson's second chance comes in the form of an invite to fish and guide on Sweden's Idsjastramen River. Although married, she falls in love with Lars, the Swedish riverkeeper, leading Olsson to pull up stakes in Montana and move with her young son to the small village of Gilmaden, Sweden. Despite the title, Olsson's memoir only shows brief glimpses of life on the river and her field of expertise, fly fishing. Instead, she concentrates on the nuances of Swedish culture. Her contact with and descriptions of Swedish plumbing, home design, social life, family interaction and food ("Swedes eat a lot of white food") range from humorous to touching. Her insights into Swedish character are also astute. For instance, during Sweden's miserable mosquito season, she points out rather coyly that the use of any kind of repellant indicates a "weakness of character." Unfortunately, Olsson explains little about Lars, her son or any of the Swedish characters she comes to know, and this makes the book less emotional and interconnected than one might expect from a memoir that involves a cross-cultural love affair. Still, Olsson's writing is perceptive enough to allow each chapter to stand on its own, making this book the kind of travelogue that can be read streamside. Illus. not seen by PW. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In tight, no-nonsense prose, a fly-fishing guide describes that segment of her life when she and her son left Montana for Sweden, a man, and a river of grayling. The second chance alluded to in the title refers to a new relationship and a new land. Olsson had been living in Montana with her rapidly estranging husband, running a fishing shop, when she received an invitation to come to Sweden. Lars Olsson was experiencing a growth of women anglers on the stream he kept, and he wanted Olsson to provide him with some insight into what women anglers were after. Lars had brought the ruined Gim River back from the devastation of logging, as proved by the grayling, a gregarious fish that only inhabit the purest of waters. Olsson was soon smitten by the grayling—they are not great fighters, but, oh, what a colorful dorsal fin—and by Lars. "Something about Lars made me feel awake and aware. Something bewildering was happening, and I couldn’t identify what it was." Soon, Olsson and her son Peter were flying to the little town of Gimdalen to a ramshackle house by a resurrected river, and they plunged into Swedish life. Understandably, not all is smooth on the cultural-acclimation front, but they learn—as revealed in short chapters—how to deal with those long lapses of silence in Swedish conversations ("Living in rural Sweden for several months soon reduces verbal output to the aforementioned mmms, ja-has, and air-intake sounds followed by yooooo"), how to deal with the mosquitoes and ants, how to pick cloudberries, dance under the midsummer sun, and take the music of the river and the soughing of the trees as their own. Who can possibly doubt, after only a few pages, that Olssonmade the right move at the right time? More than a pretty story, but a life shed and a new one grown, with results happy and natural. Agent: Carole Bidnick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312313159
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Olsson has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation and CBS's This Morning and was profiled on PBS's Western States Fly-Fishing Journal. She is the author of Cast Again: Tales of a Fly-Fishing Guide, and her articles appear regularly in a number of outdoors and travel magazines. She and her family divide their time between Gimdalen, Sweden, and Bozeman, Montana.

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