A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Maclean, Norman, with a foreward by Annie Proulx

University of Chicago, 1976

pp. 28-29

Norman Maclean always had a complicated relationship with Paul, his younger brother by three years.  Paul was a drinker and gambler, often closer to chaos than Norman liked.  “I knew there were others like me who had brothers they did not understand but wanted to help.  We are probably those referred to as ‘our brothers’ keepers,’ possessed of one of the oldest and possibly one of the most futile and certainly one of the most haunting of instincts.  It will not let us go.”