Red Summer: The Danger and Madness of Commercial Salmon Fishing in Alaska is a vivid memoir of Bill Carter's four summers spent in grueling and exhilaratingly hard work as a commercial salmon fisherman in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska on the shores of Bristol Bay, that provides indelible portraits of the rugged individuals who are drawn to this work, particularly his crew-boss Sharon, who lives by the credo: do the work or leave. Certain to appeal to adventurers, environmentalists and armchair travelers, in the tradition of Jon Krakauer, Peter Matthiessen and Sebastian Junger, this is an honest and impassioned account of what it means to leave so-called civilization behind for a life on the extreme edge, full of danger, excitement and untold beauty.
"Red Summer' is about life at the extreme edge of the food chain, and nowhere is the food chain more violent, more awesome or more intense than in Egegik....This is the ugly side of commercial fishing that you don't see on the adrenaline-soaked Discovery Channel."—The New York Times
"Carter simply gets everything right, from the damaged, broke, drunk fishermen with their carpal-tunnel-wracked arms to the sound of a thousand fish hitting a net at once."—Outside
"Go fall off the edge of the earth and you might just get to a place where life still throbs. This vivid and engaging book sketches the way to get home before we kill all hope of home. And the fishing ain't bad either."—Charles Bowden (Author, Down By The River: Drugs, Money, Murder and Family)