A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing: Stories
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About the Author
Tim Weed teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University, and works as a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions and is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program. His first novel, Will Poole's Island (Namelos, 2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education's Best Books of the Year. Read more at timweed.net.
"In the short-story collection A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (Green Writers), Vermont author Tim Weed proves himself a skilled creator of a sense of place, whether he's writing about New Hampshire, Nantucket, New England elsewheres, or Cuba, Colorado, or El Salvador. His characters, mostly men, mostly in a period of adulthood before middle age, wrestle with doubt, with themselves. In "Scrimshaw," a Cape Cod carpenter with a penchant for scrimshaw flies every day to Nantucket to work on multimillion dollar mansions. Weed gives a narrow-eyed look at the island's summer inhabitants, dripping wealth, and a carpenter's sense of a jobsite, its Tyvek and pallets of shingles. Of one house there, he writes, "It was a sprawling, well-built place: tightly seamed trim, hardwood floors and cupboards, no cost cutting on materials or technique, even the invisible stuff that was obvious only to a carpenter." A few stories drift into magical realism, and each story deposits one definitively into a geography, of mind and map."--Boston Globe