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The River Why by David James Duncan
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Jun 05, 2011

Book club book: Originally Gus Orviston is supposed to write about the modern American family, and it's heavy. But the light, comical fishing episodes sort of take over. Gus leaves his fly-fishing dad, country-bumpkin Ma, and little brother with dreefrees, behind in their Portland suburb. He lives in a cabin in the woods, so that he can be alone and just - fish. But ... the water and solitude after awhile get to him, as well as a dead body that he encounters in the fog, so he turns to neighbors. Each neighbor is spotted by the plume of chimney smoke. There is some beautiful nature-writing, some hilarious moments, some explorative language ... but in the end, it makes sense that only Sierra Club would publish it.

I appreciate a good Trek into the woods, and a good (if added to make book more sell-able) love story. Eddy is pretty hot. I'd also like to read up on salmon, since it is a hot topic in the Pacific Northwest. Good to get out, and talk, not without a few chuckles, about the book, over a High St. Brewery ale.

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