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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Back Bay Books
Publication date March 29, 2016
Pages 419
Binding Paperback
Edition New
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780316261227
ISBN-10 031626122X
Dimensions 1.50 by 5.50 by 8 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author.

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.

Profoundly reflective about our connection to nature and to one another, THE RIVER WHY is also a comedic rollercoaster. Like Gus, the reader emerges utterly changed, stripped bare by the journey Duncan so expertly navigates.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780871563217
 
from Sierra Club Books (February 1, 1983)
9780871563217 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Flyfishing genius Gus Orviston, seeking refuge from his stuffy, world-famous father and ripsnorting cowgirl mother, embarks on a reluctant quest for meaning that carries him to an astonishing task
Paperback
Book cover for 9780316261227 Book cover for 9780553344868 Book cover for 9781578050840
 
The price comparison is for this edition
New edition from Back Bay Books (March 29, 2016)
9780316261227 | details & prices | 419 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $15.99
About: The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author.
20 anv edition from Sierra Club Books (October 1, 2002)
9781578050840 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.50 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Flyfishing genius Gus Orviston, seeking refuge from his stuffy, world-famous father and ripsnorting cowgirl mother, embarks on a reluctant quest for meaning that carries him to an astonishing task
Reissue edition from Bantam Dell Pub Group (February 1, 1988)
9780553344868 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $14.95
About: Flyfishing genius Gus Orviston, seeking refuge from his stuffy, world-famous father and ripsnorting cowgirl mother, embarks on a reluctant quest for meaning that leads him to an astonishing task
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780786168804
 
With Dick Hill (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (August 1, 2006)
9780786168804 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 3.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $34.95
About: Flyfishing genius Gus Orviston, seeking refuge from his stuffy, world-famous father and ripsnorting cowgirl mother, embarks on a reluctant quest for meaning that carries him to an astonishing task.
Prebinding
Book cover for 9781435297296
 
Reprint edition from Paw Prints (June 5, 2008)
9781435297296 | details & prices | 304 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $23.95
About: Since its publication by Sierra Club Books more than two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It as our era’s most widely read fiction about fly-fishing.

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