A high mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies is the point of departure for these stories of dark adventure, in which vividly drawn landscapes provide an immersive setting for narratives about coming of age, altered states, moral slippage, romantic love, sexual jealousy, and impenetrable loneliness. Fishing guides, amateur sportsmen, teenage misfits, scientists, mountaineers, and expatriates embark on disquieting journeys of self-discovery in far-flung places: the hazardous tidal waters of Nantucket, the granite quarries and ski slopes of New Hampshire, Venezuela's Orinoco basin, the ancient squares and alleyways of Rome and Granada, the summit of an Andean volcano, and the tension-filled streets of eastern Cuba.
A FIELD GUIDE TO MURDER AND FLY FISHING has been shortlisted for the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Stories in the collection have appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Saranac Review, and many other literary magazines, reviews, and anthologies. "The Afternoon Client" won the 2013 Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards, and "Tower Eight" was the Grand Prize winner for Outrider Press's The Mountain anthology. Other stories have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net anthologies and shortlisted for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, the Lightship International Literature Prize, the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, the Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Award, the Alligator Juniper Award for Short Fiction, and the Richard Yates Short Story Awards.
"Tim Weed's A Field Guide toMurder and Fly Fishing is a fiction collection of the first order. I found myself parceling out the stories to make them last. These are stories that will live a long time both on the page and in your heart." --Joseph Monninger, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, author of Whipporwill and The World as We Know It.
"Each story is a jewel, cracking open what matters most:love, family, and our big beautiful planet." --Ann Hood, author of The Obituary Writer and The Book That Matters Most
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"Tim Weed's A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing is a fiction collection of the first order. I found myself parceling out the stories to make them last. These are stories that will live a long time both on the page and in your heart." - Joseph Monninger, author of The World as We Know It
"Each story is a jewel, cracking open what matters most: love, family, and our big beautiful world." - Ann Hood, author of The Book that Matters Most
"In his first story collection, novelist Tim Weed shows his stunningly impressive range--transporting readers from the depths of the Amazon to the backstreets of Rome and Granada. Many of Weed's stories have a hint of the mysterious, even the supernatural, but they're all grounded in sharply rendered material worlds so fresh one feels one might step directly into the literary photographs he has created and stroll around for awhile. A top-notch debut, not to be missed." - Jacob Appel, author of Einstein's Beach House
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.
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