Walk on Water: A Memoir

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From catfishing in Mississippi as a young girl to battling marlin in the Caribbean, Lorian Hemingway has always felt most comfortable with a fishing pole in hand. But for many years, it was alcohol that held prominence in her life, almost causing her to drown in the family legacy. Walk on Water is Lorian Hemingway's amazing story of how her one true passion-fishing-saved her life. With humor and startling honesty, Hemingway wryly acknowledges how fishing is more than a metaphor for her salvation-it allowed her to feel connected to something as a child, living with her alcoholic mother and abusive stepfather. It helped her to heal after a to-hell-and-back fight for sobriety. And it led her to the discovery that family consists not necessarily of the people you are born with, but of those you choose to let into your heart. From despair to hope, from loss to recovery, Walk on Water is a remarkable tale of strength told by a born storyteller.

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Readers of Lorian Hemingway's memoir about salvation through fishing will be let in on a secret known to anglers through the ages: the act of fishing is a physical embodiment of hope--and for some it is a form of recovery. "I take fish personally," writes Hemingway in the opening chapter of Walk on Water, a seemingly coy statement that is proved repeatedly in these pages. A juvenile bass rescued from a pothole shrinking in the hot sun--a fish saved in the innocence of childhood--is her first piscine connection, followed by the care of a southern-fried cook named Catfish. But innocence fades, and it is not until many years later--after an adolescence blurred by alcohol, dope, and larceny--that the author rediscovers the redemptive qualities of fishing. Now living in the opposite corner of the country, she learns to stalk the Northwest's coldwater fish while raising a daughter and partaking of the natural world's rejuvenating life cycle: "I have fished with my daughter on a stretch of the Alsea River in Oregon that runs through vine maple forest where moon dollar beams of light spot the forest floor, the pattern shifting with the wind. In autumn the leaves bleed scarlet and the air is tinted pink with the refraction of all that red. High in the trees pileated woodpeckers knock a beat and red-tailed hawks glide above the canopy." The end of the line, it turns out, is alive with possibility.

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Lorian Hemingway, director of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Contest, is the author of the novel Walking into the River. She has written for publications such as Rolling Stone, the New York Times Magazine, The Seattle Times, and The Chicago Tribune. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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