Walk on Water: A Memoir
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Titel: Walk on Water: A Memoir
Verlag: Simon & Schuster
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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From catfishing as a young girl in the lazy, red clay waters of the South to battling marlin in the Caribbean, Lorian Hemingway has had a passion for fishing all her life. It was a passion that would sustain her even as the burden of a broken family and her own alcoholism threatened to consume her. Walk on Water is her poignant and powerful memoir about loss, recovery, coping with the family you are born into, and making a family of your own. But above all it is an homage to fishing -- its ability to bind people, to challenge, and ultimately, to heal.
"People pair up to fish as they do in life...they keep fishing together because no one else quite comprehends the degree of their obsession," Hemingway writes, and from the beginning, her memories of fishing are inextricably linked with the relationships that have shaped her life. There is Catfish, a woman she idolized as a child, who gave her early insights on fishing ("You wants fish too bad. They knows it."); Hemingway's estranged father, with whom she tries to connect during a Herningwayesque marlin hunt in the Caribbean; her big-hearted great-uncle Les, with whom she goes barracuda fishing off Bimini in a pirated sailboat, himself tragically haunted by the family legacy; and her larger-than-life aunt Freda, who once saved her from a deadly water snake with a bow and arrow.
But in the colorful cast of characters there is none more appealing than Hemingway herself -- gifted with a dry wit, a keen eye for life's absurdities, and a fierce resilience that comes from being a survivor. She writes passionately about herself and her effort to come to terms with her family legacy, especially with regard to fishing -- whether it's a harrowing encounter in the dark with a hammerhead shark, an inauspicious TV debut on a fly-fishing show, or the quiet pleasures of fishing with her daughter.
By turns moving, raw, wry, and hilarious, Walk on Water is a stirring memoir by a woman who, like her quarry, is full of fight and life.Review:
Readers of Lorian Hemingway's memoir about salvation through fishing will be let in on a secret known to anglers through the ages: the act of fishing is a physical embodiment of hope--and for some it is a form of recovery. "I take fish personally," writes Hemingway in the opening chapter of Walk on Water, a seemingly coy statement that is proved repeatedly in these pages. A juvenile bass rescued from a pothole shrinking in the hot sun--a fish saved in the innocence of childhood--is her first piscine connection, followed by the care of a southern-fried cook named Catfish. But innocence fades, and it is not until many years later--after an adolescence blurred by alcohol, dope, and larceny--that the author rediscovers the redemptive qualities of fishing. Now living in the opposite corner of the country, she learns to stalk the Northwest's coldwater fish while raising a daughter and partaking of the natural world's rejuvenating life cycle: "I have fished with my daughter on a stretch of the Alsea River in Oregon that runs through vine maple forest where moon dollar beams of light spot the forest floor, the pattern shifting with the wind. In autumn the leaves bleed scarlet and the air is tinted pink with the refraction of all that red. High in the trees pileated woodpeckers knock a beat and red-tailed hawks glide above the canopy." The end of the line, it turns out, is alive with possibility.
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