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The Confluence
Fly-fishing & Friendship in the Dartmouth College Grant
David Van Wie, Phil Odence, Norm Richter, Bob Chamberlin, Ed Baldrige, Dave Klinges, and Bill Conway




Peter E. Randall Publisher
2016 • 228 pp. 64 illus. 6 x 9"
Memoir /

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-942155-12-6



"This collection of essays, sketches, and tall tales centered on fishing is well worth getting reeled into . . . Outdoorsmen (and women), fishing enthusiasts, and fans of nature writing will want to visit this book at will."  —Trina Carter, Foreword Reviews

A collection of stories, reflections, art, and tall tales by seven grown-up boys

Seven lifelong friends head north each June to a remote cabin at the confluence of the Dead Diamond and Swift Diamond Rivers. What started as a single fishing trip has evolved over twenty-plus years into an annual retreat to the mystical environs of the Dartmouth College Grant, far from the workaday world and vibrant with brotherhood, creativity and reflection.

Fishing is only a part of their story. In a collection of intertwined essays from seven unique voices, the authors reveal how their friendships have grown deeper as their lives flow into middle age, with laughs, tears and insight into the intersection between humanity and the natural world. The reader comes along to experience wilderness wonders, stinky outhouses, original watercolors, floods, a wine tasting, a dramatic search and rescue…and fly-fishing for native brook trout.

Reviews / Endorsements



"I read The Confluence with more than a trace of envy because so few of us have the gift of keeping lifelong friends from college.  As the chapters went by, and I saw these friendships ripen and deepen I realized the book goes beyond one college and one shared backwoods tract. It’s about the very meaning of friendship and young people growing older together.” —Mel Allen, Editor, Yankee Magazine

"Any longtime outdoorsman knows how marvelous sporting friendships can be, not least because the sport is vehicle to deeper explorations --comic, tragic, and everything in between. Any writer knows that he or she can never quite adequately express the profundities, but each of these essayists, so different one from the other and so emphatically akin, comes as close as any of us is likely to get. A bright and wonderful read!"—Sydney Lea, American poet, novelist, essayist, editor, and professor, and the Poet Laureate Emeritus of Vermont

"This land at the summit of New Hampshire is large and wild and very special; so is its evocation in these pages. Instigators Odence and Van Wie and their merry band of friends, with Dartmouth College and friendships formed there at their collective core, write well and, dare it be said, charmingly about their times together in the far American north."
"The passage of the human seasons is as evident in these reminiscences as it always is along the Dead Diamond River. The memories differ (as memories do), and that's all to the good. The inspirations differ too, from Corey Ford and Norman Maclean and E.B. White to Edward Hoagland and Henry David Thoreau to Moe, Larry and Curly. It is the book's blessing that Van Wie is a fine photographer with a poetic eye, and Odence is his equal in illustration. The Second College Grant, a realm of rippling waters and pointed firs, can be a cold place at any time of the year. This, however, is a constantly warm, regularly moving reflection."—Robert Sullivan, author of 
Flight of the Reindeer and A Child's Christmas in New England

"The Confluence is appealing on many levels. It is ostensibly about high-quality brook trout fishing in the far northern wilderness of New Hampshire with all it entails, from cold outhouse seats to lost dogs to lost people. It is more. It is, in some sense, the story of enduring friendship, starting at Dartmouth College in the late 1970s and persisting year-after-year for decades. About getting together annually no matter what. About drinking beer all day while fishing. About great conversation at night. About life without phones or the internet or indoor plumbing. Those who love fly fishing will love this book, but it is much more a moving story about great friendship over a lifetime."—William Goodspeed, author of Buzz Kill

"This is a wonderful book about fishing—and like all wonderful books about fishing, the fishing both matters and doesn’t. A bunch of college friends record their annual trip into the New Hampshire woods in appealing short essays with beautiful photographs and drawings. But it isn’t a 'how-to-fish' book, rather it is a 'how-to-live' book. What it really does is to remind us, in our world of always too much information and noise, of the need to pay attention, and demonstrate that, as Simone Weil said, attention is a form of prayer."—David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University

Awards/Recognition:

New England Book Festival Wild Card category (2016) Commendation


DAVID VAN WIE, PHIL ODENCE, NORM RICHTER, BOB CHAMBERLIN, ED BALDRIGE, DAVE KLINGES & BILL CONWAY- The Boys of the Grant - are writers and renaissance fishermen. As college classmates, they pursued a variety of professions and interests that inform their essays and enrich their friendships.



Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:17:45 -0500