In Final Rounds, James Dodson told the poignant story of the golf trip of a lifetime with his terminally ill father. Now, armed with a fly-fishing rod and reel, he embarks with his daughter on an equally memorable journey across America in search of clear-running streams and the eternal truths that only nature can provide.
It has been said that life is what happens while you're waiting to go fishing. Only weeks after his eleven-year marriage abruptly ended in an amicable divorce, James Dodson decided to go on a fly-fishing pilgrimage west. His goal: to heal his wounded spirit and explain as best he could the vagaries of life and love to his beautiful, precocious seven-year-old daughter, Maggie. So with his beat-up truck and his aging retriever, Dodson and Maggie set out without plans or reservations, following where the spirit--and the lure of America's mighty rivers--leads them, on their way to one of America's grandest treasures: Yellowstone National Park.
They travel from the Adirondacks to the mist-shrouded Niagara Falls; from the Michigan lakes Hemingway roamed as a boy to small-town county fairs; from the majesty of Mount Rushmore to the mysticism of Harney's Peak--all the way to the fly-fisherman's paradise of the San Juan River. Together, they are bound by a tie as resilient and unpredictable as a fly-fisherman's line. For as the emotional waters in which they fish become ever more turbulent, Maggie's unspoken feelings of grief, anger, and blame begin to surface--a depth of hurt that forces Dodson to face his own unacknowledged pain and, worse, leaves him feeling helpless to make everything all right in his daughter's life again. Yet if fly-fishing has taught James Dodson anything, it is the rewards of patience, of following the wisdom of the course of the stream, the unexpected revelations reflected in still pools, and, of course an abiding belief in plain dumb luck. With a little of each, these faithful travelers will find their way home again.
Literate, honest, and deeply observant, Faithful Travelers is a beautiful meditation on the bond between parent and child and the nature of love and loss. In Faithful Travelers, James Dodson proves that sometimes life isn't what happens while you're waiting to go fishing: sometimes it happens while you're there.
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James Dodson, in his probing, soft Southern accent, tells the story of driving across the United States with his daughter Maggie in search of the perfect trout stream and solace from his impending divorce. Musical interludes reflect the unfolding journey (fiddle music in the South, Native American rhythms in the West), adding yet another layer to an audio chronicle that is already rich in historical and personal context. Maggie herself reads a passage from her journal, lending the perspective of a 7-year-old to her father's narrative of their camping trip, which takes them from Maine to Yellowstone and back (additional excerpts from Maggie appear in the book). The sum of these elements is a truly poignant listening experience. Dodson's knowledge of American history, his attention to landscape and people, his willingness to explore his faith and failed marriage, and his unshakable devotion to his family and fly-fishing make him a fine traveling companion. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) -- A.E.D.From the Publisher:
Praise for Faithful Travelers:
"James Dodson's Faithful Travelers is a journey of self-discovery...A brilliantly written book by one of America's most gifted writers."
--Terry Kay, author of The Runaway
"James Dodson has written what every woman who loves her father has been waiting for, and what every father who loves his little girl needs: the perfect daddy-daughter love story."
--Jessica Maxwell, author of I Don't Know Why I Swallowed the Fly
"Faithful Travelers is a fly-fishing journey made immensely memorable by its wise and vibrant sojourners."
--Nick Lyons, author of A Flyfisher's World
Praise for Final Rounds:
"A beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the love between father and son."
--Michael Murphy, author of Golf in the Kingdom
"I have never liked golf or understood the people who play it. Now I have an abiding respect for both, just as I understood fly-fishing and fly-fishermen after reading A River Runs Through It."
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