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Two Years, No Rain Paperback – June 23, 2009
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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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Praise for Jessica Z.:
"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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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.
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.
I'm not normally a literary reader---I am on occasion, but I'm naturally drawn to commercial fiction. The fact that the author could keep me hooked, keep me thinking about Andy's story constantly during my day, and continuing to turn pages says a lot.
I was completely drawn into Andy's world. So much sympathy for him as a MC. I liked him, enjoyed being in his head, even through the difficult parts. He's so... us. All of us. And that's what makes his story scary. That we could so easily be in Andy's shoes.
I actually felt physically thirsty while reading this story...like my own life had a drought until I could get to the end. And the closing was so satisfying... like guzzling a big glass of cold water, finally quenched. Everything tied in so nicely, but in an unpredictable, nice, solid way. The journey was emotional and heavy, but worth the feeling I have right now.
After having read the author's other fab story, Jessica Z, I'm awed with how different the stories are. Both, so emotionally absorbing and well written, yet diverse, in content and feeling. It makes me excited to see what else the author will produce. I'll be waiting anxiously for the next book to come out.
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