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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Spring 2019

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The Longest Silence
By (author): Thomas McGuane
9780525565307 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SPORTS & RECREATION / Fishing Feb 12, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.21 x 8.01 x 0.84 in 384 pages Vintage
From the highly acclaimed author of Ninety-two in the Shade and Cloudbursts comes this collection of breathtakingly exquisite essays borne of a lifetime spent fishing. REISSUE WITH NEW MATERIAL.

The forty essays in The Longest Silence—including seven newly collected pieces—take the reader from the tarpon of Florida to the salmon of Iceland, from the bonefish of Mexico to the trout of Montana. They introduce characters as varied as a highly literate Canadian frontiersman and a devoutly Mormon river guide and address issues ranging from the esoteric art of tying flies to the enduring philosophy of a seventeenth-century angler.

Both reverent and hilarious by turns, and infused with a deep experience of wildlife and the outdoors, The Longest Silence sets the heart pounding for a glimpse of moving water and demonstrates what dedication to sport reveals about life.

TOP TITLE: Our previous edition of The Longest Silence is McGuane’s top backlist title, with 50,000 copies sold. And with the publication of Cloudbursts, McGuane’s most comprehensive short fiction collection to date, this is the perfect time to (re)introduce readers to one of his most beloved books.

FRESH CATCH: McGuane’s dedicated fans—as well as newly initiated anglers—will be thrilled to have a chance to read the seven additional essays that are being collected for the first time in this edition.

DRY WIT: McGuane’s sense of humor is unmatched. Just read the opening line of the essay “The Big Hole”: “I fish all the time when I’m at home, so when I get a chance to go on a vacation, I make sure to get in plenty of fishing.”

DEEP WATERS: Emblematic of the true fisherman’s spirit, when McGuane is not cracking wise, his writing is full of thoughtful, meditative, brilliant observations about both human beings and nature.

BIG FISH: McGuane is immensely respected among other anglers; in 2017, the American Museum of Fly Fishing presented him with their Heritage Award.

THOMAS MCGUANE lives on a ranch in McLeod, Montana. He is the author of ten novels, three works of nonfiction, and four collections of stories.

Author Residence: McLeod, Montana

Author Hometown: Wyandotte, Minnesota

Marketing: Academic Promotion and Advertising including: MLA Conference; Spring Literature Brochure



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“McGuane writes with wit, grit, and grace; the result is a book as entertaining as any you will find on any subject.”—The Seattle Times

“Brilliantly written…. McGuane’s most personal book.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“It’s vintage McGuane, the prose elegant and erudite.”—The Denver Post

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