Weather

Weather

From the author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practice her other calling: she is a fake shrink. For years she has tended to her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but Lizzie has little chance to spend her new free time with husband and son before her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. She's become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right-wingers worried about the decline of western civilization. As Lizzie dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to address the limits of her own experience--but still she tries to save everyone, using everything she's learned about empathy and despair, conscience and collusion, from her years of wandering the library stacks . . . And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.

Title:Weather
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780385351102
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    Weather Reviews

  • Roxane

    Meditative. Reminds me of Renata Adler. A bit too free form for me but the book’s overall project is interesting. I admire Offill’s intelligence and razor sharp wit which this book has in abundanc...

  • Kat

    2.5 if we're getting specifici'm unsure how to feel about this one. it is an interesting portrayal of family and parenthood set against the turbulent backdrop of the 2016 election. the uncertainty, bo...

  • Marchpane

    weather noun: the state of the atmosphere at a particular place and timeweather transitive verb: to come safely through a difficult period or experience “First they came for the coral, but I did n...

  • Ariel

    Jenny Offill is amazing! So excited to read more of her stuff!...

  • Diane S ?

    When one reads as many book as I do, the search for something different but good, is ongoing. This author seems to fill the bill. She takes the reader inside the thoughts of a young woman, Lizzie, who...

  • BlackOxford

    Almost the BluesWhat the new world of literary America consists of perhaps: diary entries; the not quite aphorisms of a typical NYC life; the recording of trivia amidst cataclysmic events. There is ob...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!Can I ask you something, Will says one night and I sure, ask me something.“How do you know all this?”“I’m a fucking librarian.”fun fact about that line, beyond the “fuck, ye...

  • Rachel

    I don't think this is a bad book at all, I want to make that clear right away.  I think Jenny Offill is a talented writer, and that she achieves everything she set out to achieve with this little boo...

  • Swaroop

    Jenny Offill`s Weather is an entertaining and a thought-provoking read. The book, in many ways, represents the current uncertain times, particularly the climate, healthcare and political situation. It...

  • Debbie

    And now for something completely different…Strange little novel that had me in the palm of its hand. There’s not really a plot, but sometimes, who needs one? Plot lovers, please don’t be scared ...