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Title:
Fishing! : a novel
Uniform Title:
Fishing with RayAnne
ISBN:
9781517908980
Edition:
1st University of Minnesota Press ed.
Physical Description:
321 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
First published in 2015 as Fishing with RayAnne by Ava Finch, by Lake Union Publishing.
Summary:
RayAnne Dahl goes fishing for a different life, catching much more than she'd bargained for. Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of pro fishing to finally settle in her Minneapolis fixer-upper, thirty-something RayAnne unexpectedly lands at the helm of the first all-women fishing and talk show. Between her dad's falling off the wagon, unwanted advice from Mom-a life coach to the menopausal rich-and her clingy dog, she needs the advice of her beloved grandmother more than ever. With the show's surprise success, producers press for celebrity appearances, but fans tweet support for RayAnne and her quirky guests, real women with unique stories and something to say. And though handsome Hal tempts RayAnne, he is a sponsor, rocketing him to the top of her don'ts list. Just when she's shedding uncertainty, RayAnne's world nearly capsizes, and she's faced with gut-wrenching choices. Will she live by the rules, or by her heart?
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A hilarious saga of fishing, family, and three generations of tough, independent women--the first in a trilogy

Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of professional sport fishing, thirty-something RayAnne Dahl is navigating a new job as a consultant for the first all-women talk show about fishing on public television (or, as one viewer's husband puts it, "Oprah in a boat"). After the host bails, RayAnne lands in front of the camera and out of her depth at the helm of the show. Is she up for the challenge? Meanwhile, her family proves as high-maintenance as her fixer-upper house and her clingy rescue dog. Her dad, star of the one-season Big Rick's Bass Bonanza , is on his sixth wife and falling off the wagon and into RayAnne's career path; her mother, a new-age aging coach for the menopausal rich, provides endless unwanted advice; and her beloved grandmother Dot--whose advice RayAnne needs--is far away and far from well.

But as RayAnne says, "I'm a woman, I fish. Deal with it." And just when things seem to be coming together--the show is an unlikely hit; she receives the admiration of a handsome sponsor (out of bounds as he is, but definitely in the wings); ungainly house and dog are finally in hand--RayAnne's world suddenly threatens to capsize, and she's faced with a gut-wrenching situation and a heartbreaking decision.

First published in 2015 under a pseudonym, this first installment in a trilogy filled with hilarity and heartbreak unspools with the gentle wit and irresistible charm that readers of Sarah Stonich have come to expect. Fishing! eases us into unsuspected depths as it approaches the essential question . . . when should life be steered by the heart, not the rules?


Author Notes

Sarah Stonich is the best-selling author of These Granite Islands , which has been translated into seven languages and shortlisted for France's Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle; the critically acclaimed novel The Ice Chorus ; and a memoir, Shelter: Off the Grid in the Mostly Magnetic North . Her novel-in-stories, Vacationland , is the first book in her Northern Trilogy, followed by Laurentian Divide , winner of the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. She lives in Minneapolis.