""I'm a shad fisherman," says McPhee. True, but also a talented portraitist of the fish, a Gilbert Stuart of the species, and a William Hogarth, too, sticking an elbow into the ribs of his obsession."
A blue-chip tour of the American shad from McPhee (Annals of the Former World
, 1998, etc.), maestro of the extended essay, if not the fly rod.
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