“I’m a woman, I fish. Deal with it.”
Have you ever been fishing?
Growing up in the country, fishing was big in my family, from the local lakes and ponds, to upstate NY for Salmon, and even surf fishing at the Jersey shore. My husband really enjoys the sport as well.
I have not been fishing in forever, but when I learned of this new book, FISHING! by Sarah Stonich I knew I needed to read it!
When RayAnne Dahl becomes the face of the first all woman public television talk show about fishing she feels totally unprepared. Sure, she can fish. But interviewing women while fishing, on camera, is a whole new sport in itself. When the show becomes an unlikely hit she’s more surprised than anyone… but cue the family drama!
“A lighthearted, comedic novel for women that isn’t all about landing a man (fishing pun intended).”
—Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
I loved RayAnnes confidence, how she’s not just wanting to “land a man” and stands up for herself as she navigates being a woman in the testosterone fueled world of sportfishing. The female relationships were my favorite parts. With her beloved grandmother, her mother, and even her quirky assistant, they are all SO full of personality and DRAMA, that she must deal with while balancing this new career and budding fame.
This crazy hilarious family filled with the most colorful of characters, there are some really comedic scenes with her divorced parents – a new age feminist mom and a larger than life father who drinks too much and marries too much.
As she struggles with the new job, you watch her struggle equally with her sense of self. It’s funny and heartwarming, with a few heartbreaks as well… and there is even a bit of romance, too!
Fishing! is the first installment in this hilarious feminist chick lit trilogy, and I can’t wait to read the next one!
Print Length: 280 Pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Having fled the testosterone-soaked world of professional sport fishing, thirty-something RayAnne Dahl is navigating a new job as a consultant for the first all-women talk show about fishing on public television (or, as one viewer’s husband puts it, “Oprah in a boat”). After the host bails, RayAnne lands in front of the camera and out of her depth at the helm of the show. Is she up for the challenge? Meanwhile, her family proves as high-maintenance as her fixer-upper house and her clingy rescue dog. Her dad, star of the one-season Big Rick’s Bass Bonanza, is on his sixth wife and falling off the wagon and into RayAnne’s career path; her mother, a new-age aging coach for the menopausal rich, provides endless unwanted advice; and her beloved grandmother Dot—whose advice RayAnne needs—is far away and far from well.
But as RayAnne says, “I’m a woman, I fish. Deal with it.” And just when things seem to be coming together—the show is an unlikely hit; she receives the admiration of a handsome sponsor (out of bounds as he is, but definitely in the wings); ungainly house and dog are finally in hand—RayAnne’s world suddenly threatens to capsize, and she’s faced with a gut-wrenching situation and a heartbreaking decision.
First published in 2015 under a pseudonym, this first installment in a trilogy filled with hilarity and heartbreak unspools with the gentle wit and irresistible charm that readers of Sarah Stonich have come to expect. Fishing! eases us into unsuspected depths as it approaches the essential question . . . when should life be steered by the heart, not the rules?
Sarah’s first novel, These Granite Islands was awarded a Loft McKnight Award and was a Barnes & Noble Great New Writers pick. That novel was translated into eleven languages. Her second, The Ice Chorus, was also widely translated and won several honors. Her memoir Shelter: Off The Grid In The Mostly Magnetic North won a Northeast Minnesota Book Award.
Sarah is best known for her Northern Trilogy, beginning with Vacationland, followed by Laurentian Divide, winner of the 2019 Minnesota Book Award and the NEMBA award, as well as being a 2019 National Reading Group Month selection by National Women’s Book Association. In March/April 2020, WPRI, Wisconsin Public Radio International’s longest running program, Chapter A Day chose Laurentian Divide to be read on air by Jim Flemming. That novel won the Minnesota Book Award, and along with Vacationland, has been chosen as a community read in two dozen midwestern and Canadian cities including most recently in Willmar, Inver Grove Heights, Grand Forks, and Thunder Bay. She’s currently researching and writing Watershed, the final volume of the Northern Trilogy.
Fishing!, the first installment of her feminist chick-lit Fishing With RayAnne trilogy published by the University of Minnesota Press in March of 2020, is to be followed by Reeling in 2021. Sarah is currently working on Leaping and hopes to see it published in 2022. Sarah is adapting the trilogy to a television series, as well as writing original screenplays.
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Blog Tour Dates
June 8th @ The Muffin
What goes better in the morning than a muffin? Visit WOW’s blog The Muffin today and celebrate the launch of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing! by reading an interview with the author and enter to win a copy of the book.
June 10th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog
Visit Madeline’s blog today and you can read a guest post by Sarah Stonich about inviting authors to your book group.
June 12th @ Tongue Tied Magazine
Come by Tongue Tied Magazine today and you can read Sean’s review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!.
June 13th @ Boots, Shoes & Fashion
Visit Linda’s blog today and you can read her fascinating interview with author Sarah Stonich, author of the book Fishing!
June 15th @ Michelle Cornish’s Blog
You can visit Michelle’s blog and read a guest post by Sarah Stonich about how reader reviews support authors – and help authors write better books.
June 16th @ Bookapotamus
Visit Kate’s blog and you can read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!.
June 17th @ The New England Book Critic
Visit Victoria’s blog today and you can read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!
June 20th @ Coffee with Lacey
Visit Lacey’s blog today and read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!.
June 22nd @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Visit Beverley’s blog today and read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!.
June 24th @ Literary Quicksand
Visit Jolissa’s blog today and read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!
June 25th @ The Frugalista Mom
Stop by Rozelyn’s blog today and you can read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing! You can also enter to win a copy of the book too!
June 26th @ Lady Unemployed
Visit Nicole’s blog today and read author Sarah Stonich’s guest post about feminists we adore.
June 28th @ Reviews and Interviews
Join Lisa as she interviews author Sarah Stonich about her book Fishing!.
June 29th @ Beverley A. Baird’s Blog
Stop by Beverley’s blog again today and you can read Sarah Stonich’s guest post about what fictional heroines can teach us.
July 1st @ It’s Alanna Jean
Visit Alanna Jean’s blog today and you can read a guest post by author Sarah Stonich featuring 10 books every girl and woman should read.
July 3rd @ The World of My Imagination
Author Romalyn Tilghman will be reviewing Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing! as a guest reviewer at Nicole’s blog.
July 5th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog
Visit Jill’s blog today and you can read her Sarah Stonich’s inspiring guest post about change starts on the page.
July 7th @ Michelle Cornish’s Blog
Visit Michelle’s blog and read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!
July 8th @ Chapters Through Life
Visit Danielle’s blog today and you can read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!
July 9th @ Journalling Joy on Sahar’s Blog
Visit Sahar’s blog and read her review of Sarah Stonich’s book Fishing!.