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Two Years, No Rain Paperback – June 23, 2009
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"Gripping, unsettling, and dreamlike. A dazzling debut that kept me anxiously turning the pages--and stayed with me long after the book was closed."--Lisa Unger, "New York Times" bestselling author of Black Out
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Shawn Klomparens's Two Years, No Rain, tells the story of Andy Dunne, a man in his early 30s who, to borrow one of his weather terms, is a `desiccated' husk. His personal life and job reporting weather for a satellite radio station parallel the parched weather and landscape of San Diego.
Andy excels at repressing emotions and spends a good deal of the novel denying himself the right to the most basic and primal emotions. He buries grief over personal loss, ignores the pain of his wife's infidelities, stands idly by as their marriage disintegrates, and patently ignores his health.
Andy applies for and gets a job that propels him to television fame. The job opens the door to a trip to Hong Kong and the unburdening of Andy's guilt and regrets. While on the island, a typhoon strikes and, ironically, the weatherman isn't conscious to see a good part of it.
Relationships, loss, avoidance, regret, and infidelity are strong themes in this novel and each is weaved throughout. Klomparens pens a realistic world for Andy with well-developed friends and family, though I thought the characterization of Andy's love interest, Hillary, was a bit soft. I learned more about his niece than I did about Hillary. Their relationship was based mostly on hundreds of text messages and illicit late-night phone calls because of their respective marriages.
After Andy's marriage falls apart, Hillary's marriage to Jason deteriorates.Read more ›
At the start of the novel, Andy Dunn is working as a radio weatherman in sunny Southern California and the weather hasn't changed much - it's close to two years with no rain. But in Andy's life, things are changing fast. Andy's faced with the tail end of a divorce and his wife has just moved out of their house, with much of their furniture. Andy applies for a voice over position with a childrens production company a few days before he downsized from his weatherman job. When his new job comes through, Andy finds himself in a different place: good job, getting fit, and finally about to start a romance with the beautiful and married Hillary Hsing, who he's admired and been daily textmates for almost two years.
Soon enough Andy's job with Bing! the Children's Production group starts to flourish, just as his weight drops. Andy may finally have a chance with love interest Hillary Hsing. With his intervention and diplomatic skills, Andy's helped his niece Hannah and his sister come to a truce of sorts. Andy's luck and life is starting to change.
I thoroughly enjoyed Two Years, No Rain. Even during his most difficult moments and in the embarrassing situations, Andy is funny and likable. That the novel has a male protagonist with such a clear sympathetic voice might be unusual - Andy gets into emergencies and situations that I've never read in other novels. This adds to the freshness and fun of the book.
The main characters are carefully, well developed and very likable. I felt that the depiction of Andy's friendship with his niece Hillary was an unexpected treat in the book. I loved the scenes where Andy and Hannah would chat while logging in Hannah's driving hours and the many times that Andy would smooth things over between Hannah and her mother.
I thoroughly enjoyed Two Years, No Rain and highly recommend it as a heartwarming, hilarous, and atypical read!
Andy Dunne is in his early thirties and is a down and out weather forecaster whose wife has just left him. As he attempts to pick up the pieces of his life, everything suddenly changes when his friend and secret love, the much married Hillary, convinces him to audition for a new gig which he nails and he is suddenly thrown into the limelight. Andy has many choices to make. Will he make the right ones and figure himself out along the way?
This was a fast read and I got completely absorbed into Andy's world. The writing was quick, witty and fast paced. I loved Andy's relationship with his sister's family, especially his niece as well as seeing him exploring his feelings, how he represses his emotion and ignores his health. It was not unlike several males I know, so I found it believable and I loved the change to a male perspective as we typically read mostly stories with female protagonists.
This book deals with some sensitive subjects, but was a more light-hearted read and they were handled tactfully. I liked the weather aspect to this story, finding it original, interesting and full of symbolism.
This novel is was a great read with a fresh voice and I can't wait to read Jessica Z and Shaun Klomparen's future novels!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading Shawn Klomparens' Jessica Z., I rushed to order Two Years, No Rain. His handling of the first person female voice in his debut novel was masterful; I couldn't wait to... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Jennifer Zobair
This story was difficult for me to read. I mean, it was AMAZING, but the emotion and story content was hard. It struck a nerve with me. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Shamy
I really liked Andy, the lead character. I wanted to keep reading to see how his life turned out after the book ended! Good story, well-written. Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by L. Lowe
Ever since I started writing again, I've been on a mission to find books with romantic elements that featured a male lead character. Two Years, No Rain had just that. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by J.M. Kelley
I was hooked after the first few pages of Two Years, No Rain. Andy Dunne is a nice guy, too nice really. He never gets upset and lately just takes what life is dishing out to him. Read morePublished on July 30, 2010 by Luanne Ollivier
The other reviewers have already outlined what the book is "about," and its metaphors and imagery, so I'll just say how much I enjoyed reading Two Years No Rain. Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Kathryn Magendie
Andy Dunne is feeling the drought. The San Diego weatherman has been reporting no rain for the past two years, and been feeling increasingly irrelevant in his personal life. Read morePublished on July 18, 2010 by Samantha J
This is a great read. Klomparens shows us inside a man struggling with his past, his present and what he wants his future to be. Highly recommend.Published on May 13, 2010 by Catherine McKenzie
From the evening weatherman to the star of a children's show.........Andy is recently divorced, loses his job as the weatherman and is chosen to be the main character in a new show... Read morePublished on March 6, 2010 by Silver's Reviews