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Stormy Weather: A Novel Paperback – June 10, 2008
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Jiles's eloquent, engaging sophomore novel celebrates four strong women toughing out the Great Depression in the Texas dust bowl. As the book opens in 1927, Elizabeth Stoddard and husband Jack have three daughters: the pretty Mayme, the tomboyish Jeanine and the writerly Bea. Jeanine, resented for being daddy's favorite, soon becomes the novel's primary point of view. After the disgraced Jack dies in 1937, the four Stoddard women move back to the 150-acre homeplace on the Brazos River in Central Texas. Drought, hail and dust storms, land-tax debts and grinding poverty make life a struggle; radio shows, horse-racing, wildcat oil well speculation and stuttering news reporter friend Milton Brown provide diversions. Jeanine falls in love with local rancher Ross Everett; Mayme dates soldier Vernon. Visceral detail of the 1930s rancher life and the hardscrabble setting add authenticity, particularly in the characters' feel for horses. While forthright, some of the dialogue is less than believable (as when Ross compliments Jeanine on her "furious bloody purple" dress), but it serves the characters' greater-than-usual emotional bandwidth. Jiles winds this gritty saga up on the eve of WWII with a patchwork quilt's worth of hope. (May)
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In her second novel, following the acclaimed Enemy Women (2002), Jiles proves herself an exceptional writer. This stirring story of four women--Elizabeth Stoddard and her three daughters, Mayme, Jeanine, and Bea--struggling to survive during the Depression is set against a barren Texas landscape, still suffering the effects of a long drought and devastating dust storms. The Stoddards, having followed their charming patriarch, Jack, from one oil field to another, must now cope with his death from a gas leak. His love of gambling and liquor has left them destitute; they return to their long-abandoned family farm, where they face a hefty bill for back taxes. Jack's one legacy is an underfed racehorse named Smoky Joe. Jeanine, smart and practical, is forced to sell the horse to cover their debts but takes a percentage of his winnings; meanwhile, her mom invests in a wildcat oil well. The lack of money, though, never detracts from the Stoddards' dignity. Jiles conveys their sense of self and of home in language as spare and stark as the Texas landscape. Joanne Wilkinson
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I do think that Jiles has a way of taking you places you don't expect. For example, the female lead meets a man when she is very, very young and she runs into him periodically over the years. His story, making his way in the oil fields, marrying, having a child, and trying to get a ranch going is a ribbon that runs through her own story. She's got a daddy who loves her and her mom, but he's a rounder and they seldom live well. If not for her mother's resolve to make do no matter what, I'm sure that the girls would have ended up whores or worse. Somehow they manage to live into adulthood and by chance end up going back to the abandoned family farm. Three women trying to pull together what dust storms and the Depression tore apart, their strength is inspiring. I found myself appreciating that there was no sentimental romance or miracle save, just the willingness of these women to get up every morning and face the day. After all, that's pretty much the only thing anyone can do.
Along the way, there are frightening farm accidents, romances for the daughters (who will Jeanine pick?), the rude, patronizing ministrations of a public health nurse, lots of neighborhood gossip, and dicey investments in an apparently tapped-out oil field and a feisty horse named Smokey Joe. Dominating this enjoyable story filled with incident are the brutal weather conditions of Dust Bowl Texas. Author Paulette Jiles is a poet, and her descriptions of drought conditions and dust storms and death-inducing static electricity will make you crave a cool glass of water and shelter from the elements. The characters are just as memorable. Jeanine Stoddard joins Adair Colley, the heroine of Jiles's Enemy Women: A Novel (P.S.), as one of my favorite fictional heroines.
There are a few factual errors which other reviewers have noted. A good editor should have caught them, and the book deserved a more original title than the literal but prosaic "Stormy Weather." None of these factors impeded my overall enjoyment of the book. I'm looking forward to reading Jiles's other novels.
The characters seem to be flat, without true human souls, but I think this might have been what Jiles was going for. What is lacking in these characters, seems to further portray the way this generation of people lived with the life sucked out of them... it didn't rain for years, nothing grew, cattle literally dried up and fell over... and somehow Jiles makes these scenes beautiful like old black and white photo albums that smell like a long-lost grandmother's closet.
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