Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

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Adult , Fiction

Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

Title: Stormy Weather
By: Paulette Jiles
Published: 2007
Call #: Fiction Jiles.P

I so enjoyed Jiles’s more recent book, News of the World [2016], that I was eager to read one of her earlier works. This one is a good read though not a great one. It’s a coming-of-age story centered on young Jeanine Stoddard, the middle sister of three girls in a Texas family during the tough, dry, dusty years of the Great Depression. Her father, Jack Stoddard, works the oil fields and moves the family from town to town. This nomadic life is very hard on the girls and their mother Elizabeth. Jack’s a gambler and philanderer. This, too, causes them great unhappiness. When an accident injures him and eventually causes his death, Elizabeth brings the girls back to her family farm, now abandoned and decrepit, and they struggle to make a home here and to make ends meet. The girls are spunky and always scheming to earn a little extra to ease their financial burdens. Jiles weaves a warm hearted  tale of these women–their hopes, dreams, romances–and of a family bound together by love and a commitment to be there for each other always.


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