Book: Home Waters

Home Waters

For any devout fans of Norman Mclean’s A River Runs Through It, Home Waters (Custom House, $26) is a must-read. Penned by Norman’s son John, this nonfiction account chronicles Norman’s connection with the land, waters, and people of western Montana, delving into the inspiration behind his most famous work. Its narrative revolves around relationships rooted in Montana’s favorite pastime, connecting with anyone who covets the meditative value of casting for trout on familiar rivers. While details on family dynamics and history supply context for the escapades of A River Runs Through It, Home Waters tells its own tale of mentorship and guidance through John’s own coming of age, tying threads between learning to fish and understanding one’s sense of place through visceral experience with the natural world. Fishing is an allegory for life’s greater promise—pick up a copy to read this summer and let your mind wander to the waters you call home.