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

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.