The Sky Fisherman by 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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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 his third novel, "The Sky Fisherman. "He is also the author of "Storm Rider," He lives in Portland Oregon with his wife and two daughters.
Published August 22, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 319 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The author leaves no potential plot twist unturned as he throws Culver into rapids-running, Native American mysticism, a series of forest fires (some of which may have been set by the jilted stepfather), the murder of a Native American, a fire that devours the mill and half the town, a hint that ...

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Culver, a mild-mannered and likable young teen growing up in a small Northwestern town, is trying to sort out a great deal of confusing stuff: his father's drowning death; the bigotry evident against

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His material tends to the sentimental: his central metaphor, a skyful of invented constellations as related to Culver by Uncle Jake, is an easy image, neither compelling nor powerful.

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