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Publisher's Summary

From Paulette Jiles comes a poignant and unforgettable story of hardship, sacrifice, and strength in a tragic time - and a desperate dream born of an undying faith in the arrival of a better day. Oil is king in East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girls know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. And in every small town, their mother, Elizabeth, does her level best to make each sparse, temporary house they inhabit a home.
But the fall of 1937 ushers in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, and the family's fortunes sink further when a questionable "accident" leaves Elizabeth and her girls alone to confront the cruelest hardships of these hardest of times. With no choice left to them, they return to the abandoned family farm.
It is Jeanine Stoddard who devotes herself to rebuilding the farm and their lives. But hard work and good intentions won't make ends meet. In desperation, the Stoddard women place their last hopes for salvation in a wildcat oil well, and on the back of late patriarch Jack's one true legacy, a dangerous racehorse named Smoky Joe. And Jeanine must decide if she will gamble it all...on love.
©2007 Paulette Jiles; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Eloquent, engaging....Jiles winds this gritty saga up on the eve of WWII with a patchwork quilt's worth of hope." (Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Henwhisperer on 04-25-17

I had to give it a couple of hours then I was hook

Would you listen to Stormy Weather again? Why?

Yes, I will probably listen to it again because I'm sure I missed some parts in as much as I listened to it before I went to sleep.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stormy Weather?

There were several, but when the youngest daughter fell down the well was one.

What about Colleen Delany’s performance did you like?

It took me a few hours to get used to her voice after listening to 9 books in a row read by Susan Toren. After that I really started appreciating Colleen Delany's different voices. Ross's voice was the best.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I listen to audiobooks before I go to bed, but some nights I listened for 3 hours straight.

Any additional comments?

I like the way Paulette Jiles writes. I listened to News of the World twice.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Bill on 10-17-12

Gives Grapes of Wrath a great companion!!!

Where does Stormy Weather rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Certainly in the top ten. I only wish it was longer. I learned a lot about the Texas oil fields of the thirties! It was a great listen. The performance was well done. I am not sure that this is historical fiction but I very much enjoy how it interleaves the characters with the current issues of the great depression. I could feel like I was there and that is the magic of a good book!

What other book might you compare Stormy Weather to and why?

Grapes of Wrath

What about Colleen Delany’s performance did you like?

She did a very good job with this book!

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3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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