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"The prose in Home Waters, which is often transporting, flows with a shadow-cast grace. ... The best word I can think of to describe Home Waters also happens to be the Maclean’s family word: beautiful." -- Field & Stream
"A memoir about the Maclean family’s four-generation tie to Montana’s Blackfoot River that elaborates on the back story of Norman Maclean’s extraordinary 1976 novella A River Runs Through It." -- Wall Street Journal
"Maclean’s father, Norman, wrote the classic novella A River Runs through It. This memoir is an ode to its inspirations." -- New York Times Book Review, "New & Noteworthy"
“A worthy non-fiction companion to his father’s classic, A River Runs Through It. … Reminded me of Herman Melville recounting whaling minutiae in Moby Dick. … Throughout Home Waters, Maclean shows that he’s a real writer. But he’s also a real reporter with a long career for the Chicago Tribune." -- Chicago Sun-Times
"Graceful and compelling. ... Greatly expands what we might already know about Montana, fly fishing and the meaning of family. ... This is a great book." -- Chicago Tribune
“A wonderful book about fathers, sons, brothers, and family." -- USA Today
“A moving memoir of a family’s love affair with the Blackfoot River in Montana. … Lovers of literature and nature will be captivated by this heartfelt tribute to place and family.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In this welcome companion to an American classic, John N. Maclean casts a story of place, family, and legacy: of highland streams and woodlands, and the gifts waiting in their depths; of a quiet father with much to share; and of the sometimes meandering, sometimes tumbling courses that carry us through life. A spare, patient, and compelling reminiscence that stays with you.” -- Earl Swift, New York Times bestselling author of Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island
"Finally, a brilliant, intimate, and reliable chronicle of the remarkable Maclean family and the origins of a great book, welded seamlessly to the memorable angling days and writing life of a central member. I loved Home Waters." -- Nick Lyons, author of Spring Creek
"I can honestly say I loved Home Waters. Reading it felt like a visit with old friends--the characters from A River Runs through It—who you haven’t seen in a long while, during which you learned some things you’d never known before. John N. Maclean’s book does a wonderful job of illustrating the importance of family and place—something we can all relate to even if the particulars of our stories are very different." -- Kirby Lambert, Montana Historical Society
“John Maclean's Home Waters is a wonderful reflection on how a sense of place and shared activity, especially sport, defines our lives, our families, and the meaning we find in them.” -- David Brooks, executive director, Montana Trout Unlimited
“Maclean’s Hemingway-esque prose is as clear as a mountain stream, flowing with a poetic cadence and lyrically describing the many splendid natural treasures to be found under the Big Sky. A sure bet for readers who enjoy American and natural history and a must-read for fishing enthusiasts.” -- Booklist
“Maclean offers a lyrical love letter to Montana’s Blackfoot River, fishing, and his storied family in this captivating memoir. … Fans of his father’s novella will relish the details that served as its inspiration and are here rendered in Maclean’s sharp yet poetic prose. … This richly observed narrative is sure to reel readers in.” -- Publishers Weekly
"Maclean reflects on fishing, family, and the timeless novella that made his father famous." -- Angler's Journal
"A must-read. ... Its narrative revolves around relationships rooted in Montana's favorite pastime, connecting with anyone who covets the meditative value of casting for trout on familiar rivers. ... Pick up a copy to read this summer and let your mind wander to the waters you call home." -- Outside Bozeman
“Even if you aren’t a fly-fishing aficionado and don’t know a wet fly from a dry one, you just might be hooked within the first few pages as Maclean reels you into this engaging book of family, place and history.” -- Helena Independent Record
“Sometimes real-life stories, memoirs that explore classic earlier memoirs, are as fine as the original. In many ways, they are exceeded. This is the case. Great work, John Maclean. You started as a cub reporter but you became the kind of writer we all aspire to become. You did your dad proud.” -- Explore Big Sky
"Maclean is a master of description, painting for the reader a vivid sense of the landscape, but also of the way it affects the psyche. ... At once an homage to his family and forbears as well as a deep, spiritual investigation of his own life and career, John Maclean’s Home Waters is, like A River Runs Through It, a masterpiece in its genre."
-- Idaho Senior Independent --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
John N. Maclean's Fire on the Mountain was an MPIBA best nonfiction title of 2000. A newspaper reporter and longtime student of wildfire, he is the author of Fire and Ashes and The Thirtymile Fire, and he also assis-ted in the posthumous publication of Young Men and Fire, a work of nonfiction by his father, Norman Maclean. He divides his time between Washington, D.C., and Montana.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B08H26R2VH
- Publisher : Custom House (June 1, 2021)
- Publication date : June 1, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 45803 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #154,230 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Maclean’s book fills in so many of the blanks from his father’s classic work without sounding as if he were capitalizing on a trend. He adds the details we wish we knew before without taking away the romantic quality of A River Runs Through It. While Norman Maclean’s work is, in my opinion, literary perfection, his son’s book does not detract from that perfection by filling in the details Norman felt were able to be omitted. Instead, John is rewarding us with sharing some family secrets we’ve been wondering about.
John Maclean is an accomplished writer of great purpose. I appreciate each of his books on wildland fires, so this book wasn’t necessarily something he had to do. However, now older than his father when A River Runs Through It was first released, I believe he too wanted to feel the sense of completion that came from telling the story.
Holden Caulfield’s sentiment certainly rang true for me with Norman Maclean’s novella, and as a Montanan, a writer, and a fly fisherman who picked up a rod long before his story graced the silver screen, I looked for any background information available on Maclean’s work. As a senior at the University of Montana I wrote a lengthy paper on the novel and its author—going so far as to research specific areas of the Blackfoot River, Paul’s death, and Missoula of bygone days.
As a high school American Literature teacher and outdoorsman in Montana, I’ve enjoyed teaching Norman Maclean’s writing to students and happy to add my own research into the discussion. I love it when a student sends pictures of fishing the Blackfoot or when a particular passage hits later in life. I definitely plan to use this book in class, and have already ordered THREE additional copies of this book for friends and family.
Don’t expect this to be The Further Adventures of Norman and Paul Maclean; this book is so much more. It’s what you would talk about with John Maclean if you could call him up at any time—as Holden Caulfield tells us.
I appreciate this book so much, and I feel grateful to John Maclean for the gift. He’s a good man, and he has given a treasure.
By Tbd on June 4, 2021
Though I did appreciate his insights into his father's life and his writing "A River Runs Through It," I was disappointed at the lack of information on the women in the lives of the men in this book.
Maclean does give some background information on his grandmother and mother, but barely mentions his one and only sibling, older sister Jean. He at least acknowledges her in the 6+ pages of "Notes and Acknowledgments" with, "My sister, Jean, was helpful with the photographs." Wow. He couldn't say any more after barely mentioning her in the body of the novel?
About two-thirds through he mentions the length of time that his father (Norman) spent as a widower. I thought, "Wait, what happened to the author's mother?" I had to google to find out she died in 1968, Norman in 1990. The death of his mother doesn't even get mentioned by the author?
I found the section on covering the Lewis and Clark trail tedious.
Being a white guy who grew up in Chicago, his racist side slips out when he is talking about his Uncle Paul's murder in Chicago in 1938, saying his uncle was wandering Chicago alleys in the early morning hours, "...,in a heavily African American neighborhood,...."
This book is presented as a memoir of his family. It should at least be honest about it and say that it focuses heavily on the male members of his family.
I'm glad it was a fast read.
But please don't misunderstand. The book is very well structured and composed, and makes for a pleasant read independent of any other works.
Thank you, John MacLean, for writing Home Waters, and for enduring Washington to the great benefit of Chicago Tribune readers. Now that you've given us the former, we can only imagine how much the latter must have felt far from home.