The River Why

The River Why

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Since its publication in 1983, THE RIVER WHY has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letters. Gus Orviston is a young fly fisherman who leaves behind his comically schizoid family to find his own path. Taking refuge in a remote cabin, he sets out in pursuit of the Pacific Northwest's elusive steelhead. But what begins as a physical quarry becomes a spiritual one as his quest for self-knowledge batters him with unforeseeable experiences.
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books, Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First Back Bay trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780316261227
Branch Call Number: FIC DUNCAN 2016
Characteristics: viii, 419 pages ; 21 cm


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Fly-fishing prodigy Gus Orviston seeks and finds wisdom in the self-renewing flow of the fictitious Tamanawis River. Swirl through contemplative eddies on a sparkling stream of consciousness in this beloved Northwest classic. (Fiction)

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Dec 09, 2010

I highly recommend this book. Very humorous towards the beginning of the book and then changes to a more spiritual/ philosophical tone. A very good coming of age type of book.


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