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When sculptor and author Barb Davis is given an NEA grant to pair original feminist sculptures with searing first-person essays on transitions in women's lives, she organizes a two-week writing retreat with 12 of the best, brightest, and most notorious lesbian authors in the business. But in between regularly scheduled happy hours and writing sessions, the women enter a tournament bass-fishing competition, receive life coaching from a wise-cracking fish named Phoebe, and uncover a subterranean world of secrets and desires that is as varied and elusive as the fish that swim in the waters of Lake Champlain.
Set on the beautiful shores of Vermont's Lake Champlain, Backcast is richly populated with an expansive cast of endearing and outrageous characters who battle writer's block, quirky locals, personal demons, unexpected attractions, and even each other during their two-week residency. For Barb and each of her 12 writers, the stakes in this fast-moving story are high, but its emotional and romantic payoffs are slow and sweet. Filled with equal parts laugh-out-loud humor and breathtaking pathos, Backcast serves up a sometimes irreverent, sometimes sobering look at the hidden lives of women, and how they laugh, love, lose, and blunder through their own search for meaning.
©2015 Ann McMan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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By Heather Dodge on 12-12-15

I LOVE Ann McMann!!! This is a Laugh Out Loud book.

What an awesome weave of characterizations in a well crafted tale of life! What a beautiful work! I recommend all of her stories. I long for more audio books! Ann McMan has a special talent for mastering the character development in each of her books. Her gentle weave of character in this tale feels so very authentic. Another fabulous book.

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By malrrr on 05-01-16

Well written and told

This story had both comedy and tragedy.The author was able to spin this tale out and reel it back in so all of the pieces fell together and provided the story with a very heart felt and warm closure. Well done, I highly recommend its reading. I was thoroughly touched by this book. I have read it and listened to it. It is worth to experience both platforms.

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By Frankimunk on 02-22-16

Not what I expected, so some disappointment....

Sometimes a good narrator can lift a bad book. Sometimes a bad narrator can ruin a good book. That said~This narrator had a really nice tone and did many voice characters well, but alas (for me) this excellent narrator could not redeem this book IMO Perhaps if you are interested in fishing ~you've found your next great read. I sometimes wish one could hear a large part of the book before buying because I waste a fortune buying one book after another until I find a gem! Not for Me, but might be for others....

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By Julie C. on 12-18-15

Females, fish and far out thinking

I love the way mcman writes conversations. The way she captures our inner dialogues and those decisions we make to speak or hold our peace. The pacing is gorgeous and this is another beautiful audible performance. If this is your first mcman your in good hands go and read Jericho if you feel the need for more affirmation of what it means to be a woman, a lesbian in real life.

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