Sky Fisherman: A Novel

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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.

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Overview

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.

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"City boy though I am, I fell into Craig's 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

"Craig Lesley leaves crimes unresolved in The Sky Fisherman and concentrates on something largerthe 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312147389
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 856,813
  • Product dimensions: 5.83 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Lesley is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest. He has received the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award for both Winterkill and for The Sky Fisherman. He is also the author of River Song and Storm Rider. He lives in Portland Oregon with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    Wonderful

    Have read this story and all others by local author. Very intimate account of maturing and discovery. Great family book for vacation travel times and downtime.
    Oregon at all corners.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

    Great Read

    This book keeps the gears turning. The many mystery's that the small town has to offer will constantly stay in the back of your head throughout the entire book. Although many loose ends remain untied this book still gracefully closes. The character development is boring. The author could have done a better job introducing the lesser characters. The long anecdotes and physical descriptions made me say "Oh no! Here we go again." I could not stand having to read about Billy Joe killing a rattlesnake. Get on with the story. Besides the poor, lesser, character development this book was a great read. I only wish I knew what happened to all the dead people.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

    Calling all outdoorsmen

    This is a great read that will hold your attention to the very end. Intricate, realistic and well developed characters quickly draw you into small town life, and a plot clogged with mysteries keeps you guessing. Jake is a character who you will never forget, with his daredevilish bravery and unique knowledge of the river and the town. Throughout the book you get a taste of indian culture, and the effects of white prejudices. A great book for anyone who loves the outdoors, Lesley's descriptions of the river and fishing scenes will speak strait to your heart, as they did for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2005

    It is taught in lit courses!

    I am taking The Award Winning Novel taught by Craig Lesley right now. Maybe that doesn't count since he's teaching his own book. Not only is he a great writer, but he's a really awesome professor! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    If I Could Give This More Than 5 Stars....

    This was a totally awesome book! Craig Lesley writes beautifully flowing prose and has, in this novel, created a murder mystery that almost reads like a classic! He intertwines Pacific Northwest Native American lore with small town living in a truly fascinating way. To give this book only a 5-star rating is a shame! This should become required reading in college-level literature courses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    Demented And Mysterious

    I do not recommend this book for those who have a weak stomach or those who like romantic stories. This book envolves alot of death and insane people. Sky Fisherman also has cursing. The swearing gets worse as the book goes on but it is necessary for you to understand the people and how they feel. The best part of this book is when the bums perform the 'do it yourself cremation!' This book makes you think. You have to assume alot of things for the book to have a real ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2002

    The Sky Fisherman

    This book has a little bit for everyone: outdoors, fishing, hunting, murders, mysteries, fires, heroic rescues, and old stories and legends. If a person pays attention they can learn a lot from Jake, as well as Billyum and Culver. There is cursing in this book, but the characters and tension could not be easily understood without it.

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