"On the Water: A Fishing Memoir" by Guy de la Valdene

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From the acclaimed author of Fragrance of Grass comes a meditation on water and nature, fishing and growing older.

There are essays about the finer points of tickling rainbow trout in the streams of Normandy, and of eagles and ospreys fishing for bass while barely breaking the surface of the water. There are stories of droughts and floods, of dogs and boats, of worms and rattlesnakes and even of catching and cooking soft-shell turtles that taste like osso-bucco. There is fishing and diving in the Bahamas, tarpon fishing in the Florida Keys, and fly fishing for sailfish in Central America. And there are larger-than-life personalities that are bigger than the fish tales they tell! On the Water is a finely honed and well crafted collection of tales for the true sportsman and makes for a perfect companion volume to la Valdene’s celebrated collection of essays on hunting.

Harcover, 6 x 9 inches, 224 pages


"Guy de la Valdene’s sublime On the Water is the spiritual yin to The Old Man and the Sea’s yang. De la Valdene engages with water, its creatures, and the fishing of them as a profound expression of connection and even love, a way into the self and into the wider universe that illuminates the deep nature of both. On the Water is an instant classic of a memoir."

—Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain