The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish

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Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work of narrative journalism in the tradition of Friday Night Lights. Here is the story of a community—Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—and a sporting event—the island’s legendary Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby—that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters, we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once ...

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Overview

Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work of narrative journalism in the tradition of Friday Night Lights. Here is the story of a community—Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—and a sporting event—the island’s legendary Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby—that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters, we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter and was ultimately banned for cheating; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; Buddy Vanderhoop, a boastful Native American charter captain who guides celebrity anglers like Keith Richards and Spike Lee; and Wyatt Jenkinson, a nine-year-old fishing fanatic whose mother is battling brain cancer. At the center of it all is five-time winner Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil.
Much more than just a book for fishing enthusiasts, The Big One is an exhilarating story of passion and obsession—and a powerful testament to the dreams that keep us all going.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802144768
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 945,227
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Chase 1

1 838 Hours 13

2 "Don't Tell Him Any Secrets!" 40

3 A Black Hole for Fish 61

4 "Sleep When You Die" 74

5 Leadbelly 96

6 Prayer to the Great Fish Gods 107

7 Yo-Yos in Paradise 125

8 Of Fish and Fists 151

9 "I'll Take Ten Fricking Polygraph Tests" 174

10 I Fish, Therefore I Lie 184

11 "There Is a Black Cloud Over this Fish" 208

12 Till Death Do Us Part 216

13 Hardcore Derby Heartbreak 227

14 "Menemsha Rules!" 245

Epilogue: Winter 258

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 269

Acknowledgments 276

Notes 279

Conversation with the Author 283

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Great fishing book

    Great book, For those who love fishing and enjoying great days and nights surfcasting this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    Excellent Read

    This book is a good book about the culture of fishing and it's the 1st that I've read like that. Tells the story of the island and it's wild and crazy fishing tournament in Sept/Oct that sweeps up the entire island plus a few out-of-towners. It displays the lengths that people will go to be on the leader board from all-nighters on the beach, to secret techniques, to choice fishing locations. It's like the playoffs of fishing and the story unfolds over a month. Great easy read.

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