In Backcast , Lou Ureneck transforms a trip with his son, Adam, down a wilderness river into the heartfelt story of a father struggling to hold on to his son at a crucial moment in their lives. Encountering bears, rapids, turbulent weather and a mysteriously braiding river, Ureneck and Adam are sometimes at war with each other in their raft as they travel toward a deeper understanding of themselves and each other. Backcast explores the beauty of nature and its meaning in one man's life. It also maps the complexities of the human heart and conveys the fragility and strength of relationships.
LOU URENECK is an outdoorsman, professor and father. In his 20 years at the Portland (Maine) Press Herald, where he rose from reporter to editor, Lou crusaded to protect the state's environment against clear-cutting and commercial over-fishing. He was an editor-in-residence at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University and page-one editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is now chairman of the Department of Journalism at Boston University. His work has been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Field & Stream. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.