Synopses & Reviews
In The Fishs Eye: Essays About Angling and the Outdoors
, Ian Frazier explores his lifelong passion for fishing, fish, and the aquatic world. He sees the anglers environment all around him—in New Yorks Grand Central Station, in the cement-lined pond of a city park, in a shimmering bonefish flat in the Florida Keys, in the trout streams of the Rocky Mountains. He marvels at the fishing in the turbid Ohio River by downtown Cincinnati, where a good bait for catfish is half a White Castle french fry. The incidentals of the angling experience, the who and the where of it, interest him as much as what he catches and how. The essays contain sharply focused observations of the American outdoors, a place filled with human alterations and detritus that somehow remain defiantly unruined. Fraziers simple love of the sport lifts him to a straight-ahead angling description thats among the best contemporary writing on the subject. The Fishs Eye
brings together twenty years of heartfelt, funny, and vivid essays on a timeless pursuit where so many mysteries, both human and natural, coincide.
"Trust Ian Frazier to break new ground in the literature about fishing....His humor and enthusiasm infuse the 17 essays collected in The Fish's Eye with the manic enthusiasm few anglers can ever explain." Tyler D. Johnson, New York Times Book Review
About the Author
is the author of Great Plains, On the Rez, Family
, as well as Coyote v. Acme
and Dating Your Mom
. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker
, he lives in Montclair, New Jersey.