The author’s only novel, written when he was in his 70s, and made into a hit movie in 1992 (directed by Robert Redford, starring Brad Pitt), River is about the Montana woods, fishing, family, and what it means to be a man. The narrator tells of the most important relationship of his life, with his charismatic ne’er-do-well brother, Paul, and his painful inability to reach him as Paul’s life grew more reckless. A classic that men have handed to sons, brothers, and friends for decades, it is a beautifully understated portrait of the power and dangers of our ideas of masculinity.
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Contributors: Levi Stahl from The University of Chicago Press