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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (748 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulette Jiles Narrator: Colleen Delany Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 of 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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For more than thirty years, [Jiles has] been a successful poet, and her descriptions here of oil drilling, horse racing, and terrifying dust storms crackle with excitement. She’s also a master at creating the most charming romance.”

    Washington Post

  • “Eloquent, engaging…Jiles winds this gritty saga up on the eve of World War II with a patchwork quilt’s worth of hope.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Like the oil desperately needed during the Great Depression, Stormy Weather is a slow gathering of hope underneath the surface…Well read by Colleen Delany, the novel straddles romance and history and is recommended for audiences who prefer those genres.”

    Library Journal

  • “Jiles conveys their sense of self and of home in language as spare and stark as the Texas landscape.”


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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jayme VA | 2/19/2014

    " The writing style didn't bother me, but the lack of a story and main character did. I guess it was about Janine in the end, but I think she should have kept the focus on the family as a whole, instead of the lack of elaboration on Janine. The whole time I was reading this book, I kept thinking that it would have been a perfect novel to include different chapters from different people's perspective. I think that really would have helped, as the story was good, but... muddled I think is the word for this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Louis | 2/18/2014

    " More episodic and less involving than Giles's previous novel Enemy Women, Stormy Weather is still an interesting tale of a Dust Bowl family in Texas and their attempts to survive. All the elements to make this a gripping Depression drama seem to be there, yet the book never builds to its full potential. Still, it is an excellent summer read and a decent page-turner. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kokolani Missett | 2/17/2014

    " Just rose my "ick" factor! Didn't like the charaters for writing. Wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shelie | 2/14/2014

    " Pretty good historical fiction. Vivid imagery of the great depression. "

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