Bob Rich describes leaving the dock on a fishing trip as a spiritual departure from the workaday world. It is about being one with Nature. “It is about doing something different,” explains Rich. “I am going into an environment. I am going on a quest. I am going in search of adventure. But I am also going in quest of a spiritual rejuvenation which I think people finds comes from the water.”
That explanation sets the tone for Rich’s new novel. The book uses water as a metaphor, but it is not a fishing book. “There are some great fishing adventures,” revealed Rich, “but water is a backdrop to tell a story about a family and a story about individuals finding love and finding redemption in their lives together.”
Rich is the author of four popular non-fiction books, but now he takes on the role of a raconteur in his first novel Looking Through Water. The novel debuted internationally in bookstores Nov. 3.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” said Bob. “I’ve always wanted to do a novel. When I started Looking Through Water, I found the best way to begin was to set it against backdrops I’ve always loved; fishing, Manhattan, the Adirondacks and the Florida Keys.”
The narrative centers on William McKay who finds himself reliving his past to help his troubled grandson, Kyle, deal with the present. The old man wants desperately to discover what is troubling the brooding boy and hopes against hope that sharing his own tortuous journey to self-discovery will lift Kyle from his dark place. William’s story starts on an Adirondacks lake and wends its way through Manhattan to the Florida Keys. Interesting characters from the old man’s past come to life to help him tell an unforgettable story full of surprises and suspense.
“It’s a love story and an adventure story; filled with conflict, emotion and healing. It’s a great coming of age tale,” explained Rich. “ It has guns, shooting, dying and of course, since it’s the Florida Keys, fishing too! It has all the elements for a good story.”
“The cover artwork is by John Swan,” added Rich. “The chapter pages are pen and ink drawings sketched by Craig Reagor and the publishing was handled by Jay Cassall at Skyhorse.”
It sounds like the work was a labor of love. “I had great fun inventing colorful characters and plot twists and have enjoyed reader’s reactions,” the affable Rich said with a smile.
Looking Through Water is now also available on Amazon.com, BN.com, and at BobRichBooks.com.
Rich has a history as a philanthropist and it is no different with Looking Through Water. All proceeds will benefit the Project Healing Waters, an organization dedicated to helping injured veterans and active duty military heal from physical and emotional wounds through fishing.
For more on Looking Through Water plus videos of Bob giving insights into the novel, visit the website at BobRichBooks.com.