The sky fisherman

by Craig Lesley

Hardcover, 1995




Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1995.


A boy narrates his life in a lumber mill community in the Pacific Northwest. He is Culver, whose father died shooting rapids after which his mother married his uncle, or is the uncle his real father? The novel features forest fires, rapids, Indians, murder, family drama and the plight of the lumber industry. By the author of River Song.

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LibraryThing member eilonwy_anne
At least until I graduate, I am holding off on giving stars to my professors' books.

Mr. Lesley has a habit of inscribing this book "I hope this honors the rural, small-town West." I think it does.

It's a story that starts small, in the details of a working-class life lived close to the bone, and opens up into the camaraderie, suspicions, and humor of a rich small-town life. The characters in the town and on the neighboring reservation are engaging and real. The plot draws you on from the narrator's concerns to town mysteries, and is ultimately driven by the cataclysms that can either shatter or cement a community.… (more)
LibraryThing member juniperSun
What happens in this small town reflects the individualistic outlook of the characters, as they try to make a living in a place that commerce has passed by and tourism is their best hope. Point of view of a teen boy whose family is struggling. Scenario of all coming together to fight a building fire.
Sorry this review isn't any better: forgot to write it when the book was fresh in my mind. But I did keep the book, which means I thought it worth something.… (more)



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