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Trash Fish

A Life

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October 1, 2008 | Paperback | 5 x 8, 176 Pages | ISBN 9781582434025
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“Greg Keeler is funny, insightful, and refreshingly unpretentious—the real deal.” —Kathleen Tyau, author of A Little Too Much is Enough

A fantastically satirical memoir that reveals not just the life of the author but also many truisms about passion, relationships, and the flaws of human nature, Trash Fish is the story of a boy who gives himself over to his obsession with fish as an escape from the trials of growing up. Time and again, as his life unfolds to reveal his failings and foibles to those around him—his academic parents, his genius brother, his motley friends—he returns to the fish, which cast him a life line of their own.

Laugh-out-loud funny yet sardonically raw to the bone, Keeler tells a whole whirlpool of a story-the women, the Peace Corps, the teaching jobs, the marriage and children, and, of course, the rod and the reel, the lure and the catch. Eventually, however, even his serene fishing life becomes contaminated with real-world influences: A polite society of angling purists insists that he choose between flies and bait, while his alter ego (and nemesis) begins to use fishing as an excuse to cheat on his wife.

Ultimately, Keeler’s ichthyophilist finds himself having to acknowledge that he can’t escape down the river bend, and that in order to experience true love, he must accept the complexities within himself and within the people on land around him.

GREG KEELER is a noted poet, playwright, musician, songwriter, artist, and fisherman. He is a professor of English at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where he lives with his wife.


“Greg Keeler is funny, insightful, and refreshingly unpretentious—the real deal.” —Kathleen Tyau, author of A Little Too Much is Enough

“Something of an enfant terrible lurks in the persona of the youthful Keeler, who summons alter egos from his youth to aid him in explaining his sometimes complicated, sometimes charmingly simple, yet always engaging, character. Greg Keeler has written an original, soul-baring, funny, sad, sweet, profane memoir.” —Valerie Hemingway, author of Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways

“For all its sadness, nihilism, and flirtations with despair, this trash fish of a book, down in its bottom-feeding depths, turns out to be a hell of a love story.” —David Duncan, author of The River Why

“There is nothing I look forward to more than a new collection of stories from Greg Keeler. With Trash Fish, Keeler again makes a gift of himself in stories hilarious, poignant with just a hint of darkness. Keeler’s work-his prolific poetry, songs, plays and stories-reveal the open heart of one of our most generous writers.” —Doug Peacock, author of Walking It Off

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