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A Student of Weather

Written by: Elizabeth Hay
Narrated by: Sochi Fried
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins

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Publisher's Summary

From some accidents of love and weather we never quite recover. At the worst of the Prairie dust bowl of the 1930s, a young man appears out of a blizzard and forever alters the lives of two sisters. There is the beautiful, fastidious Lucinda, and the tricky and tenacious Norma Joyce, at first a strange, self-possessed child, later a woman who learns something of self-forgiveness and of the redemptive nature of art. Their rivalry sets the stage for all that follows in a narrative spanning over 30 years, beginning in Saskatchewan and moving, in the decades following the war, to Ottawa and New York City.

Disarming, vividly told, unforgettable, this is a story about the mistakes we make that never go away, about how the things we want to keep vanish and the things we want to lose return to haunt us.

©2000 Elizabeth Hay (P)2018 Emblem Editions

Critic Reviews

"Hay exposes the beauty simmering in the heart of harsh settings with an evocative grace that brings to mind Annie Proulx.... I was so moved by Norma Joyce's painful, haunting journey to wisdom - and Elizabeth Hay's telling of it - that I wanted to go back to the beginning and start again." (The Washington Post)
"This is a book to break (and warm) your heart over and over.... Hay's language is precise, economical and evocative. In A Student of Weather, every word counts." (Ottawa Citizen)
"In stunningly precise and suggestive prose, Hay tells a story of obsession and rivalry.... Hay's yearning, suffering women have the lit-from-within emotional intensity of D.H. Lawrence's.... Brilliant. (Kirkus Reviews)

"A Student of Weather is complicated, compelling, and beautifully told." (Maclean's)

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