Sky Fisherman: A Novel

Sky Fisherman: A Novel

by Craig Lesley


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Sky Fisherman: A Novel by Craig Lesley

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312147389
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: REV
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 915,855
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.71(d)

About 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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The Sky Fisherman 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Toschpdx More than 1 year ago
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.
The_Warrior More than 1 year ago
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.
Gregg_387-1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.