My Story as Told by Water
Paperback, 288 pages
In My Story as Told by Water, David James Duncan brilliantly braids his contemplative, activist, and rhapsodic voices to produce a loving tribute to the flora, fauna, and seasonal symphony of his native landscape.
"I was struck by a boyhood suspicion that rivers and mountains are myself turned inside out," writes Duncan. "I'd heard at church that the kingdom of heaven is within us and thought, Yeah, sure. But the first time I walked up a trout stream, fly rod in hand, I didn't feel I was 'outside' at all: I was traveling further and further in." An estimated three thousand river walks later, here is My Story as Told by Water. Featuring a lyrical defense of Norman Maclean's beloved Blackfoot River, and an equally provocative plea on behalf of the Northwest's wild salmon, Duncan has given us, in the words of William Kitteredge, "a . . . passionate, heartbroken, hopeful, and healing book."
"Original, skillful, and funny as hell." -- Ian Frazier
"The real McCoy, vivid and important, full of urgent news about living on earth." -- Thomas McGuane
2001 National Book Award Finalist
David James Duncan, author of The River Why has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes and has won a Montana Arts Council Award. He lives in Montana.