If the stories in the debut collection A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing, are any indication, Vermont author Tim Weed has led a full and rich life so far. These stories bristle with energy and immediacy. The outside world will fall away as the places and people of Weed’s stories inhabit your mind. The writing is spare and meticulous and packs a hefty emotional punch. Original phrasing and descriptive passages are especially adept at conveying feelings or emotions as physical sensations. The settings—Rome, a remote lake in New Hampshire, Venezuela’s Orinoco basin, the summit of an Andean volcano, just to name a few—and scenes are idyllic yet wild, exotic yet familiar, but beware, tensions build, unexpected turns shock, and self-discovery is uncovered as a messy, oftentimes painful, journey. I am not exaggerating when I say this collection kept me up at nights. I just couldn’t stop reading… (Editor’s note: Tim Weed, along with Green Writers Press founder, author and poet Dede Cummings, will read from and sign their books at the Vermont Book Shop, Tuesday, May 16th, 7 p.m.)
As published in the April 20 issue of Arts & Leisure section of Addison Independent.