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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: 8.3 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: #2,645,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I really liked Andy, the lead character.
L. Lowe
With a thoroughly likable protagonist and a story that is funny, touching, and well written, author Shawn Klomparens kept me turning pages late into the night.
Beth Hoffman
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.
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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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Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lydia - Novel Escapes on May 29, 2010
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This was a great contemporary novel with a male perspective on life and love. It was refreshing, the voice clean and crisp and I found this book really easy to read. Andy was a lost soul and even though I found him likeable, I didn't love him every moment in the book. Even so, I felt like I understood him and his motivation and enjoyed this novel about possibilities even when life knocks you down multiple times.

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!
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