After he was handed an old broken-down bamboo fly rod, Frank Soos waited several years before he cautiously undertook its restoration. That painstaking enterprise becomes the central metaphor and the unifying theme for the captivating personal essays presented here. With sly wit and disarming candor, Soos recounts fly-fishing adventures that become points of departure for wide-ranging ruminations on the larger questions that haunt him. Handsomely illustrated with full-color paintings by Alaskan artist Kesler Woodward, Bamboo Fly Rod Suite is a distinctive and rewarding book with wide-ranging appeal.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"Where does [this] book belong? Carried in a fishing creel for streamside reading. On a night stand or a coffee table. Anywhere within easy reach of anglers and nonanglers caught up in the currents of a fast culture and looking for lovely, reflective moments of grace."
"A vivid account. . . . Lays open in the hand as neatly as an elegant English fly box and would handily fit in the outside pocket of a fishing vest."
"a wry, graceful book … one of the most tellingly illustrated books I have seen recently."
—Gray's Sporting Journal
"A beautiful volume—with strong, original essays."
"Captivating essays—on living simply and living well."
"This book would appeal to philosophical fly fishermen, but to a wider audience as well—particularly individuals who relish the idea of a reflective life."
—Baton Rouge Advocate
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR:
Frank Soos, a native of Virginia, is the author of Unified Field Theory, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.
Kesler Woodward has been an Alaska resident since 1977. He served as curator of visual arts at the Alaska State Museum and as artistic director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. He is currently professor of art, emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he taught for two decades. He retired from teaching in the spring of 2000 to paint full time.