Lamar Herrin

Fishing the Jumps

The term “fishing the jumps” speaks to a method of catching fish while they’re in the midst of a wild, frenzied state. And just like the undercurrents that exist on the lakes of which this tale is based, some relationships have a way of hiding—and revealing —what turmoil looms just beneath the surface. Set over the course of a weekend spent fishing on an Adirondack lake, two middle-aged friends—Jim McManus and Walter Kidman—sip Jim Beam on the rocks and share tales of memory and camaraderie as the past and present meld to reveal that what happens in the past rarely stays there. With a particular knack for recreating both a sense of time and place, seasoned storyteller Herrin explores the kaleidoscopic effect of memory while examining the rise and fall of life in the south. Revealed is a story about a displaced Southerner who tells the account of a family whose fortune was made in the post WWII apparel industry, but it is the extended family that claims the narrator’s attention and sympathy, the grandparents, the aunts and uncles and cousins, and the stories told and retold about those family members until they reach the status of myth.
Lamar Herrin
Lamar Herrin is the author of seven novels including The Lies Boys Tell, House of the Deaf, and Fractures. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Paris Review, which awarded him its Aga Kahn Prize for Fiction. He is also the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, winner of the Associated Writing Program’s Award for the Novel, and is professor emeritus from Cornell University.

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