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Stormy Weather: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 8 May 2007
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“Jiles’s eloquent, engaging novel celebrates four strong women toughing out the Great Depression . . . [a] gritty saga.” -- Publishers Weekly
“[A] stirring story . . . of self and home in language as spare and stark as the Texas landscape.” -- Booklist
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- Publisher : William Morrow; 1st edition (8 May 2007)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060537329
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060537326
- Item Weight : 576 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.87 x 22.86 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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I do think that Jiles has a way of taking you places you don't expect. For example, the female lead meets a man when she is very, very young and she runs into him periodically over the years. His story, making his way in the oil fields, marrying, having a child, and trying to get a ranch going is a ribbon that runs through her own story. She's got a daddy who loves her and her mom, but he's a rounder and they seldom live well. If not for her mother's resolve to make do no matter what, I'm sure that the girls would have ended up whores or worse. Somehow they manage to live into adulthood and by chance end up going back to the abandoned family farm. Three women trying to pull together what dust storms and the Depression tore apart, their strength is inspiring. I found myself appreciating that there was no sentimental romance or miracle save, just the willingness of these women to get up every morning and face the day. After all, that's pretty much the only thing anyone can do.
This book read very slowly and was very boring. It could also be depressing if you let it get to you. I think I’ll wait a while before I read another book by Ms. Jiles.