Brook Trout and the Writing Life

Brook Trout and the Writing Life

by Craig Nova, Ann Beattie
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Brook Trout and the Writing Life by Craig Nova, Ann Beattie

In this memoir, novelist Craig Nova explores the interconnections between his work as a writer, his personal life, and his passion for fly fishing. Nova leads the reader into his courtship, marriage, the birth of his children, and his life as a father, husband, writer, friend, citizen, and angler. Just as the author observes the life of the elusive and beautiful brook trout in the tea-colored streams, he finds interconnections to his daily life--he teaches his daughter to build an igloo; he deals with the disappointment of a very public mean-spirited review of his much-anticipated novel; he gazes at his wife-to-be in her hammock by a stream; he finds himself the victim of a random blackmailer. Unpredictable and keenly observed, Nova leads us through the terrain of the life of an artist. The constants are the stream and the brook trout whic offer both respite from the demands of his life and a wellspring of inspiration and strength. It is a paean to nature and the beauty of the brook trout.

This autobiography is a reprint and expansion of Nova's highly regarded memoir originally published in 1999. This new edition includes substantial sections of new work and an introduction by Ann Beattie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982077146
Publisher: Eno Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 856,117
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Craig Nova is the award-winning author of thirteen novels, including The Good Son, Cruisers, and his latest novel, The Informer. His work has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, and Men's Journal. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Class of 1949 Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

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MerryJones More than 1 year ago
Craig Nova writes the way water flows. And he pools together memories, wisdom, musings and insights while presenting anecdotes that are gripping, touching, even amusing. The book is short, an easy read that carried me along, revealing truths that swim just below the surface in a clear candid voice. I'm no fisherman, but his metaphor applied to me as well as anyone, and I found myself smiling many times as the pages flew faster than flies.