Oil is king of East Texas during the darkest years of the Great Depression. The Stoddard girlsâ€”responsible Mayme, whip-smart tomboy Jeanine, and bookish Beaâ€”know no life but an itinerant one, trailing their father from town to town as he searches for work on the pipelines and derricks. But in a year of devastating drought and dust storms, the family's fortunes sink fu...more
Stormy Weather is the story of Jeanine Stoddard, her sisters, and their mother. Deserted and humiliated by their mercurial father and husband, Jack Stoddard, the women must negotiate the uncharted world of East and Central Texas during the Great Depression.
Jeanine, the middle-child, skinny and fierce, ...more
I loved this book because it felt so real. The desperation of the Great Depression and dust bowl out in rural texas felt so palpable. And it was because the desperation felt so real that I completely related to their fears and anxieties. Especially how once things got better, they were so scared to let go of what th ...more
Life during that era was very difficult for a lot of people. It's hard to believe that that was only 70 years ago. Times have sure changed. We hear talk of "recession" now, and how hard life is. No way. We have it so well in America.
I couldn't decide whether the focus was supposed to be on the characters or the per ...more
This is a story that takes place in the late 1930's. A family of three girls who lose their father to a deadly gas accident while working the oil fields of Texas. I've heard stories of the Great Depression from my parents - a time that certainly tried men's soles, and then add on the Dust Bowl to the mid-westerners on top of everything else they were having to do to surviv ...more
The fictional story takes place during the great depression. The main characters of the story is a family who moves from place to place in order to find work. The father is a drunkard who eventually dies in the book. The family then returns to Texas to the home they left earlier in the book. It talks of the hard times they endured during this period in history.
One of the reasons that the story was just "okay" is because I wasn't able to "get into" the characters. ...more
I really enjoyed this. Jiles is a poet, and it shows in her short, evocative sentences and near total lack of dialogue. It's not at all sentimental. In fact, at times, this book reads li ...more
It's about family and tough times and sticking together through those times. Everybody should have this book on their reading bucket list.
I'm also slowly reading "The Worst of Times" which is a non-fiction book about the dust bowl. It is a great companion read to this book.
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