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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  752 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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Pearl doesn't know how she's ended up in the river - the same messy, cacophonous river in the same rain-soaked valley she'd been stuck in for years. Or why, for that matter, she'd been stupid enough to fall down those rickety stairs.

Ada, Pearl's daughter, doesn't know how she's ended up back in the house she left
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing
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Angela M
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

It's surreal and eerie, a hard and gnawing read at times . The three main characters are weathering their personal storms as well as the constant rain in this place somewhere in rural England It's a quiet story in a way, except for the river. There is an intensity in the thoughts and memories of the characters as well as the rain and the snow storms.

The story begins with Pearl who is trying to get out of the river, as her daughter Ada spreads her ashes . Ada hasn't seen her mother for thirteen y
Diane S ☔
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Three generations of women, all wanting a home, a place they feel they belong. Ada, arrives with her young daughter Pepper, back to the house she had left many years ago. Her mother Pearl has died, and she intends to stay only long enough to put the house in order, to sell.

When I first started reading this the prose was so lovely, almost haunting, dreamlike, it kept me reading, still wasn't sure how I felt about the story. The descriptions of the river that plays a crucial role in this novel, w
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weathering is a beautifully written quiet, quirky magical tale of three generations of women. Two alive and one somewhere in between. Her ashes may be in the river but Pearl hasn’t quite left it or her home and as Ada tries to put her mothers house to rights but keep her past, before the birth of her daughter Pepper, in her hometown behind her she finds that some places, people and memories haunt you and drive you back more than you could bargain for. I enjoyed it very much.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This atmospheric debut novel is set in a crumbling house by an English river and stars three generations of women – one of them a ghost. Ada has returned to her childhood home after 13 years to scatter her mother Pearl’s ashes, sort through her belongings, and get the property ready to sell. In a sense, then, this is a haunted house story. Yet Wood introduces the traces of magical realism so subtly that they never feel jolting. Like the river, the novel is fluid, moving between the past and pres ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have been spellbound by this beguiling and bewitching book; a book that speaks of mothers and daughters, of memories and ghosts, of the way people and places can hold us and form us, and of other thing – fundamental things – that I can’t quite put into words.

The story that the Lucy Wood spins is quite simple.

Ada has come home for the first time in thirteen years with her small daughter, Pepper, in tow. She didn’t really want to come, but her mother has did and it has fallen to her to go throug
3.75 stars. This is a book about three generations of women. The youngest is six yo. The oldest is no longer alive. But I don't want to say she is dead either, because her presence is real throughout this story.

I was drawn into the story right from the start, as Ada sprinkles the ashes of Pearl, her mother, into the river near Pearl's former home, as her daughter, Pepper, asks what she's doing. Ada just wants to get the house ready for sale and move on. But there's a lot to be done before that
Canadian Reader
She spent a long time finding the right spot -- the correct angle of light, complicated colours, something to frame the shots with in the background. Then she set up the tripod, selected a lens, attached it and set the aperture and focus. And then waited. And waited. [ . . . ] Why did she do this? [ . . . ] But she knew why. She could remember exactly why, even now. For the way time seemed to slow down and stretch, measured in the river's ripples rather than by clocks and mealtimes. For the invi ...more
Claire Fuller
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: debut, read-in-2016
Beautiful, quiet book about the relationship between three generations of women living (or having lived) in a remote cottage. Wonderful language about the river and the weather. Not a strong narrative, but that didn't matter (too much).
Joanne Sheppard
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Weathering is a meandering, almost dream-like novel in which a mother and daughter, Ada and Pepper, return temporarily to the decaying and isolated home of Ada’s recently deceased mother, Pearl. The cottage resists all attempts at renovation as the damp of the adjacent river and the constant rain and snow intrude on a daily basis, and the ghost of Pearl seems to haunt every last corner – literally and figuratively. The relationships between three generations of women are explored as they constan ...more
Karen Mace
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hardback
I received a copy of this beautiful book in the April 2016 subscription box from Book and a Brew

It is always interesting when you read a book that has been chosen for you as part of a subscription box as the release of this would have probably passed me by and I wouldn't have even considered reading it, despite its' gorgeous cover

But it has been a fascinating and evocative read about 3 generations of women and their connection to a run-down house in the middle of the woods, cut off from the real
Torrential rains, wind, snow and ice, that is what the weather’s like in this book, which starts off in late autumn and moves through winter.

Everything and everyone is damp, soaked, drenched, freezing cold, from Pearl, who fell into the river, to Ada and Pepper in their attempts to do up the house and keep the water out.

I generally like “reading with the seasons”, as I call it, so I didn’t start this until the weather finally turned cold in January, after a very mild November and December. But I
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016, modern-lit
This novel builds on the reputation Lucy Wood established with her short story collection Diving Belles. This book feels darker in tone, a family story set in an isolated and old fashioned house, and a location that shapes the lives of the family that live there - a mother and daughter who return to live there after her mother's death, and the grandmother whose ghostly presence is given equal weight. Brooding and atmospheric, full of startlingly vivid language.
A cold, cold, river. An even colder, deserted, and unloved house. It is here that Ada brings her six year-old daughter, Pepper. The very first thing they do when they arrive is they take Pearl's ashes to the river and scatter them among the current and the swirling leaves. Pearl was Ada's mother. Pepper had never met her grandmother because Ada has not been back to this house for thirteen years. The rural isolation coupled with the dilapidated old house have a profound effect on Ada and Pepper - ...more
This review was originally posted on [] ghostcat Weathering sounds so amazing. Three generations trapped in a small town. A ghost trapped in a river, her drifter daughter returning to town with her daughter. Swirling, almost magical landscapes. I was so excited to read it. But sadly it was less than stellar. Pearl the ghost was just kind of there, not haunting, not comforting, just a wet footprint left here and there. Ada the daughter, a luckless mother who drags her daughter Pepper f ...more
Linda Lipko
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
If you are looking for a plot-driven book, this isn't the read for you. If you are looking for a book that is action packed, this isn't the read for you. But, if you are interested in a book with strong character development, then this is a book you might like.

Pearl had a child late in life, that child Ada, grew up without a father when he suddenly left them behind when Ada was just a baby. That Child Ada, also grew up to have a fatherless child. Pepper is sensitive and seems to have a problemat
Sep 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I am sure some people will enjoy the descriptive details in this story, but I couldn’t focus on the story. At. All. I tried reading this several times and I just couldn’t follow it. I was like 5 chapters in and I still had no idea what the story was about.

"The noise started up again, a sort of rustling somewhere in the house. She followed it past a closed door, past the stairs, making sure she stood on the carpet’s big flowers rather than the gaps. The hall curved and at the end of it where sto
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, as the reviews made it sound right up my alley. I adored the first few pages and read them over several times because they were just so evocative. But when I got into the bulk of the story and it took me four days to get to page 100 (and not because I was re-reading anything) I realized I was tired of the sense the novel had for me that nothing was happening, even though things were. Damn, this book should have been catnip for me.

I don't usually include books I
SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews

This is one of those books that sounded really good and I wanted to like.
I really did, but I ended up having a hard time finishing.
There is no real plot point to the story and it seems like it is all over the place, which for me was hard to focus on. Not only that there was no real story to it really. This book was not plot driven at all.
I did however enjoy the characters, they were enjoyable and did actually show some growth throughout the book.
The writing was good

Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
The opening chapter sucks you in as the river is sucking Pearl in- some fabulous descriptive passages of wet and cold; the river, the cold, and finally snow are all strong characters in this novel-- unfortunately, the people are not. Perhaps the author makes a better poet than story-teller as the narrative was sorely lacking in plot and character development. The child Pepper's dialogue did not sound at all like a child's; what was her Mother Ada running away from? Who was Pepper's Father? Where ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
The setting of this book is southern England, and it takes place in a deteriorating country house that has contained two generations of single mothers, both of intellectual and creative talents but each hampered by a lack of money. The mother is dead and her daughter comes back to sell off the house but ends up wanting to stay. The house is near a river which plays a significant role in the book--almost a character on its own--and the dead mother, too, continues to influence her granddaughter th ...more
Sally Whitehead
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A gorgeously evocative novel of beginnings and endings and the cyclical nature of all that goes between.

I adored the bleak, remote landscape and setting, and the characterisation of nature which permeates throughout.

With just a hint of earthy magic realism this is an incredibly atmospheric novel which will appeal to those who enjoyed Eowyn Ivey's "The Snow Child", or indeed anyone who has ever inhaled deeply to REALLY smell the wet earth or a boggy riverbank.

Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's a lot of depth to this book, but sort of in that quiet, thoughtful behind the plot way.

The way where some people can appreciate stark movies with very few lines of speech, or the way the trees look in the winter with some soft snow on them.

In some respects this is a ghost story, and it does have some original and frankly eerie beautiful ideas of what that haunting looks like.

For me, I expected this to be a ghost story that somehow tied to a crime mystery, or, some big secret or somethi
Emily Cragg
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Evocative, lyrical, atmospheric, imaginative and beautifully written - to say anymore would ruin the story.
David Harris
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you read and enjoyed Wood's collection of short stories, Diving Belles, you'll recognise the smell and taste of this book. Or rather, the smell and taste are different: while Diving Belles was all about the salt-sea and the sand, Weathering is imbued with cold and muffling snow. Wood has moved inland, upriver, to where the water is fresh. But like the earlier book, the elements are almost like characters or plot, defining the shape of the story (born in Autumn, carried away, at the end, on a ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary
Parts of the story could easily fit amongst the tales of Diving Belles. For those who are fans of her writing style, Weathering is definitely worth a read. It has maybe lost a little of the magic of the short stories but her writing is beautiful. Evocative of the landscape, the river, the slow decay of the house and, as the title suggests, an awful lot of weather. It's a tale of belonging.

The house is central to the story, a character in itself and one that starts off being a burden and slowly b
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
A simple story, beautifully told. The joy of this book is all in the writing and the journey of the characters over the course of the book - not very much happens admittedly, but it happens gorgeously! As another reviewer has said, I'll be very surprised and disappointed if this book doesn't at least get nominated for any awards.

And as the daughter of a single mother the relationships in this book are almost painfully accurate.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The mood of a damp, wintry painting. A snapshot of three women in their lives - or afterlife, in one case - flowing together and mingling like debris underwater. A quiet town. WEATHERING is a story to sit down in to get used to the temperature; to slip into and open your eyes to see what's underneath.
Donna Enticknap
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
a river, the whole way through. the sound of it all around, the smell of it all around, entangling everything.
Wendy Armstrong
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as good as I expected, I didn't really engage with it.
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Lucy Wood has a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Exeter University. She grew up in Cornwall. Diving Belles is her first work.

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