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Weathering Hardcover – January 19, 2016
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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“One of Wood's great strengths is the ability to fully inhabit her characters' consciousness. She skilfully modifies her prose as she moves from one mind to another, leavening her vividly descriptive passages with snippets of speech or thought, wittily profane and colloquial . . . Pepper is a glorious child in the tradition of Harper Lee's Scout and Donna Tartt's Harriet.” ―The Guardian
“Recalls Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping . . . Wood is a creator of worlds. This sodden river valley is one to savour.” ―The Daily Telegraph
“Wood beautifully renders a landscape by turns rain-soaked and snow-laden . . . The author has a gift for capturing how humans are bound to and moulded by places.” ―The Sunday Times
“Marvelous . . . Bears a strong resemblance to E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News . . . I could tell you this novel is about the portrait of an artist as a young girl. Or the thorny but loving relationship between mothers and daughters. Or how we discover ever more of our parents in ourselves as we age. Not yet 30, Wood handles all of these themes with remarkable insight, empathy and grace.But as her title suggests, Wood's real subject is time, and how it inexorably weathers us much as it does Pearl's house--itself a character. In a novel where the three protagonists gradually take shape through the many chapters devoted to each of them, the house gets its own chapter, during which Wood echoes the terrifying beauty of the middle section of Woolf's To the Lighthouse--in which another crumbling house underscores how quickly time passes.” ―Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“Wood's finely wrought collection has touches of a benign Angela Carter and recalls the playful yet political transmogrifications of Atwood and Byatt.” ―The Guardian on DIVING BELLES
“The magic is always embedded, not only in familiar stories from folklore, but in the personal myths of the characters' lives. Thus, there is a quiet realism to even the most extraordinary events.” ―Minneapolis Star Tribune on DIVING BELLES
“Sensory, haunting and somewhat literally haunted, this novel tackles the big subjects--belonging, mortality, love--with quiet grace and intimate focus . . . Written from the points of view of all three female characters, the novel explores quintessential questions of relationship, growing up and survival. As in the river that rages through the story, though, the true vitality lies beneath the surface of Wood's exquisite and poetic writing . . . A luminous modern fairy tale.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Lucy Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short stories Diving Belles and Other Stories. She has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also been awarded a Somerset Maugham Award. Lucy Wood has a master's degree in creative writing from Exeter University. She lives in Devon.
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Meanwhile Pearl is still present in the river and the never-ending snow, rain, and damp as Ada attempts to refurbish the house to sell. Strange quirky Pepper deals with her learning challenges and finds her own love of nature and photography. Beautifully written and touching.