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Publisher Description


From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculationone of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Yeara “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis

Lizzie works in the library of a university where she was once a promising graduate student. Her side hustle is answering the letters that come in to Hell and High Water, the doom-laden podcast hosted by her former mentor. At first it suits her, this chance to practice her other calling as an unofficial shrink—she has always played this role to her divorced mother and brother recovering from addiction—but soon Lizzie finds herself struggling to strike the obligatory note of hope in her responses. The reassuring rhythms of her life as a wife and mother begin to falter as her obsession with disaster psychology and people preparing for the end of the world grows. A marvelous feat of compression, a mix of great feeling and wry humor, Weather is an electrifying encounter with one of the most gifted writers at work today.

Fiction & Literature
February 11
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

TheRealJiggles ,

It’s a half-baked novel, just a sketch really

I was looking forward to getting into this book, but there’s not much to get into. Its relatable characters suffer a diffuse mist of anxieties about climate change and banal family issues such as addiction, despair, flirtation with an affair, then that’s it. No character development, no plot. I liked the writing, but it seems like she forgot to write the novel. Disappointing based on all the hoopla.

doug funnie ,

Skip it

It’s as if a one-tenth as funny Steven Wright wrote this on his most neurotic day and, as a result, it is not nearly as profound as the glowing reviews led me to believe. At certain points, the author is obviously feeling herself and just tossing off one-liners like this is indeed standup comedy. It gets downright nonsensical towards the end. I get the greater point, cool, but it didn’t fulfill or edify me. That’s a risk the author took by not developing her characters, and it all falls apart because of it. I can’t in good conscience award one-star to something that took time and effort, but this is as close to the bottom as I’ve gotten so far this year.

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