The Sky Fishermanby Craig Lesley
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With his third novel, Craig Lesley comes into his own as an important American writer. Combining the familial loyalties and betrayals of Norman Maclean's A River Runs Through It with the dead-on perfect ear for western dialect and local ritual of Thomas McGuane's Northing but Blue Skies, he presents a story that is both fresh and powerful. Laced with the solace of the great outdoors and the spirituality of the Indians on the local reservation, The Sky Fisherman is set in a small town in the Northwest, where the interwoven currents of love, death, and a boy's coming of age flow swiftly below a surface life of hard work and confrontation with the forces of nature. The boy, Culver, his twice-married mother, and his charismatic uncle Jake are shadowed by the death of Culver's father in a fishing accident. When a suspicious fire destroys the town mill and three murders occur, Culver's world is engulfed by the dangers swirling around him. Craig Lesley's strength as a storyteller lies in his
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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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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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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.