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Product Details

  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385342012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385342018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,399,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Compelling characters dissipate quickly in Klomparens's uneven second novel (after Jessica Z.). In a San Diego facing its second year of drought, weatherman Andy Dunne feels increasingly irrelevant: his satellite radio gig is no great shakes, he's out of shape, his wife left him and he's still hurting from the death of his twin brother. He's sustained mostly by a low-grade flirtation with Hillary Hsing, who urges Andy to audition for work on a children's television show. Soon, he's promoted to host, the show takes off, and Andy is losing weight, making money and finding new confidence. Unfortunately, as soon as Andy becomes a TV star, his problems vanish like morning fog, leaving Klomparens to toy with Andy and Hillary's relationship and to introduce a flurry of new characters—a brother-in-law with post-traumatic stress, a niece with growing pains of a very contemporary variety. In the final third, the action decamps to Hong Kong, where a raging typhoon briefly distracts from the lack of narrative tension. Klomparens is frequently a funny and stylish writer, but the low pressure conflicts and patchy plotting make the outlook hazy. (July)
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About the Author

Shawn Klomparens lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with his wife and two children. He is currently at work on his next novel.

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It makes me excited to see what else the author will produce.
I really liked the character of Andy, he was a good guy, with a lot of problems recently thrown at him and I think he handles himself really well.
This was a great contemporary novel with a male perspective on life and love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nat @ book, line, and sinker on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Weatherman-turned-children's television host Andy Dunne has been living a literal and figurative 580-day drought, with no relief in sight.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Zobair on April 30, 2012
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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 see what he did with a male protagonist.

Klomparens did not disappoint.

Two Years, No Rain chronicles the attempt at a post-divorce comeback for weatherman Andy Dunne. Haunted by the death of his twin brother, frightening--if sporadic--fainting episodes, and an overwhelming love for Hillary Hsing, Andy navigates a new career and a second chance at love with self-deprecating humor and an endearing vulnerability.

There is a depth and quiet sadness about Andy, and readers will find themselves rooting for him not only at his lowest points, but during the (few) times he becomes insufferable. He is already in our hearts, and so when he is cruel or stubborn, we are more than willing to cut him the proverbial slack.

Two Years, No Rain is a quietly funny book about serious issues--forgiveness of others and self, facing wounds buried long ago, and love--the kind that survives even when people are awful, even when they do their best to destroy it.

I adore this novel, and I can't wait to read Shawn Klomparens' next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Magendie VINE VOICE on July 29, 2010
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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. Sometimes it's nice just to pick up a book that isn't heavy or full of darkness - a seemingly simple story told simply but with heart and love and tenderness.

I adored the main character, Andy. I have to admit I was ambivalent about Hillary - as the book headed towards the ending, I found I didn't care whether Andy ended up with Hillary or not (and I won't say whether he did or not! You'll have to read!), but, all I wanted was for Andy to be happy. I did, however, love Andy's family - sister, brother in law, and neice (the nephew to a lessor extent) -- they were explored much more than Hillary was. Hillary many times came off as petulant and spoiled, though I did try to understand her, I wanted Andy to find peace and love and happiness - with or without Hillary. I also liked Andy's circle of friends, who created a nice buffer of love and respect and friendship supporting Andy. Loved the backdrop of weather and how it was another character in this novel.

Mostly, I found it to be a fun read with its themes of friendship and family bond that was presented in TYNR quite strongly; I read the book quickly, looking forward to picking it up again each night and at the end, I wished to know more about Andy - where he'd next go and who he'd next meet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha J on July 18, 2010
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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. His wife left him, the death of his twin brother still haunts him, and he is in love with a married woman. Hillary Hsing, the object of Andy's affection, urges Andy to try out for a job working on a children entertainment TV show, and before Andy can blink he is upgraded to the host and entering the realm of a media darling. As Andy's life changes from being a nobody to a somebody, he is faced with many difficult decisions on his life, his family, and his relationships.
Two Years, No Rain by Shawn Klomparens is a refreshing change from my usual chick lit books. It was interesting to get a males perspective about so many issues I normally read about women: love, relationships, careers, and families. The humor was there in patches, but it wasn't so much laugh out loud funny but more of a dark humor. The supporting cast really added to the story, especially the relationship between Andy and his young niece. Klomparens writing is stylish and fresh, and I would recommend Two Years, No Rain to chick lit fans that enjoy the males take on common adult issues.
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