A River Runs Through It

river runs through it cover imageA River Runs Through It

Norman Maclean
Fiction, Short Stories
University of Chicago Press, 2001
Paperback - 239 pages
$12.00

In the summer of 1937, Norman MacLean and his younger brother Paul take one last fishing trip together in the mountains of Montana. Paul has once again descended into a pit of addiction and self-destruction. Norman attempts to help him get his life back on track. Fly fishing is the metaphor through which MacLean weaves the story of his father, a Presbyterian minister, his brother, and himself. The writing is rich and evocative and captures what wilderness means – the wilderness in us and us in the wilderness. This volume also includes Logging and Pimping and “YourPal, Jim” and USFS 1919: The Ranger, the Cook, and a Hole in the Sky.