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Stormy weather
Paulette Jiles
Adult Fiction JILES

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Now that her father has died, Jeanine Stoddard wonders how the family is going to survive. They do have one thing, however: the wayward racing stallion Smokey Joe. With a reading group guide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Elizabeth Stoddard
Female
Widow
Raising three daughters on her own; reclaimed the family farm.
Farmer

Mayme Stoddard
Female
Elizabeth's daughter; responsible; father passed away; dating a soldier.

Jeanine Stoddard
Female
Elizabeth's daughter; tomboy; was her father's favorite; helping her mother rebuild the family farm; falls in love with a rancher.
Farmer

Bea Stoddard
Female
Eliabeth's daughter; dreams of being a writer; father passed away.



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