The River Why

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Bantam Books, 1984 - Fiction - 293 pages
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Not in recent memory has there been such a unique and vibrant fictional character--a character who could make us laugh so easily, feel so deeply, who speaks with such startling truth about the way we live, as Gus Orviston--the irreverent young flyfisherman in The River Why.

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User Review  - Dawn Weaver - Goodreads

What I liked: I love this writer despite his crass irreverence. (Thus my hesitance to recommend his book.) He has such a quirky way of seeing things and capturing the hilarity of even serious things ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jimmy Quenelle - Goodreads

David James Duncan is one of my favorite novelists. The River Why is an extraordinary book that moved me emotionally in just about every direction possible. (The Brothers K definitely moved me in ... Read full review


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David James Duncan has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes & has won a Montana Arts Council Award. He lives in Montana.

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