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Written on Water: Characters and Mysteries from Maine's Back of Beyond

Written on Water: Characters and Mysteries from Maine's Back of Beyond

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"These dispatches from a remote corner of Maine are a delight to read. Randy Spencer's characters-fishing guides, junk dealers, small-town sheriffs, pot growers, boat builders and trappers, to name just a few-are as pungent as spruce sap. But Written on Water is more than a gallery of memorable Mainers-it's a celebration of a passing way of life." -Lou Ureneck, Author, Professor and Winner of National Outdoor Book Award and Yankee Quill Award



Fishing guide and award-winning author Randy Spencer weaves a spell with quirky, colorful residents, fish-out-of-water tourists, native traditions, and a large helping of absolute wonder.


Written on Water is an extraordinary collection of tales about the part of Maine that truly is, as those who reside there call it, "back of the beyond." With its assemblage of quirky characters who live far off the beaten path and consider fishing to be a sacred art, the beautiful, watery, down-east Grand Lake Stream (pop. 132) has been hallowed ground since the 1800s.


Written On Water takes us to a place where very old ways of life have persisted and, against all odds, the velocity of modern life has not yet invaded its shores and lakes, pines, canoes, and most importantly, its citizens. The unlikely survival of such a place in the twenty-first century is remarkable, as is the oral history that has survived with it. Award-winning author and master Maine guide, Randy Spencer, shares this insightful collection of colorful oral histories, teeming with drama, mysteries, and laugh-out-loud moments about eccentric and lovable individuals.


In poignant and frequently hilarious prose, Spencer brings us "fish stories"-tales of the author's experience guiding "sports" on fishing excursions-as well as stories about many of the quirky and eccentric local residents.



Author: Randy Spencer
Publisher: Rivercliff Books & Media
Published: 11/05/2021
Pages: 194
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.59lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.41d
ISBN: 9781954566019

About the Author
Spencer, Randy: - Randy Spencer guides fishermen on the Canadian border waters of Downeast Maine. He is the author of two award-winning books. His first, Where Cool Waters Flow: Four Seasons with a Master Maine Guide won the New England Outdoors 2010 Book of the Year award. His second, Wide and Deep: Tales and Recollections of a Master Maine Fishing Guide won the same award for 2015, as well as Best contemporary nonfiction of 2015 from the New England Society in the City of New York, and the National First Prize in Nonfiction from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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