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Stormy Weather

by Paulette Jiles

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list price: $31.50
category: Fiction
published: 2007

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Enemy Women, a spellbinding Depression-era epic of a woman caught between history and hope.
Jeanine, middle sister of the three Stoddard girls, has always been her father’s favourite. Ever since she was little, she watched her family’s future rise with each new oil strike that coaxed her father across the Texas landscape, and fall with his addiction to gambling and nightlife. But when Jack Stoddard dies in dubious circumstances, his wife, Elizabeth, is forced to move her three girls back to the abandoned family farm, to make themselves a life from the withered land. In the heart of the Great Depression, the only thing of worth the family has is Smokey Joe, Jack and Jeanine’s racing stallion, who’s as dangerous as he is fast. And when Elizabeth, desperate for a future, sinks their last bit of cash into a million-to-one-shot oil well scheme, Jeanine feels that the family misfortunes at gambling will destroy them all.

Stormy Weather is acclaimed writer Paulette Jiles’s long-awaited new novel, a story told in prose that is as hard and seamless as glass, yet just as delicate and luminous. Hers are characters drawn with supreme confidence, inhabiting in a world so authentic the fine red Texas earth seems to filter through every page. An unforgettable sequel to the international bestseller Enemy Women, Stormy Weather illuminates the hardship, strength and sacrifice of ordinary people coping with circumstances beyond their control.

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“Nothing less than brilliant. . . . EnemyWomen deserves the Pulitzer Prize.? (The Globe and Mail)

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Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.

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