Set on the banks of a wild river, The River Why is the story of 20 year old Gus Orviston, the Mozart of flyfishing, who leaves his big city home in rebellion from his family.
In the process he comes in contact with an assortment of eccentric characters who help him in his journey to adulthood.
Most of all, The River Why is a love story.
The love of a man for the wilderness, and for a beautiful woman who comes to share it with him.
A San Francisco Chronicle poll ranked The River Why as the 35th best novel of the 20th century west. Perhaps the most important acclaim has come from readers, whose overwhelming heartfelt response is best demonstrated on Amazon.com, where the average customer review (5.0 stars) ranks it higher than any of the last 25 Academy Award adaptations.