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Tornado Weather

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  961 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Iowa MFA graduate Deborah Kennedy tells the story of a five-year old girl who goes missing in a small town, a place where everyone knows something different about her disappearance and about each other, in a debut that brings to mind Everything I Never Told You.

Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez’s father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn’t. As the bus
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Love is nothing but damage waiting to happen, collateral and otherwise.

Colliersville, Indiana is a struggling small town where everyone knows their neighbor. They don't always have an accurate view of each other, but they're like family: "familiar, maddening, easy to take for granted." Community tensions flare when the owner of the local dairy farm fires all the local workers and replaces them with Mexican migrant workers. Long term residents resent their new neighbors. Suddenly, many locals a
Diane S ☔
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
2. 5 Colliersville, Indiana, five year old Daisy Gonzalez goes missing. A handicapped young girl in a wheel chair, last seen getting off the school bus. First let me say this is not really a mystery,found the synopsis misleading, the missing girl is used as the defining characteristic to highlight a town in decline. Yoder Dairy, one of the towns leading employers has replaced all it workers with Mexican migrants and a journalist who is undercover has been sent to investigate working conditions a ...more
Carol (Bookaria)
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, fiction
This book takes place in the town of Colliersville and revolves around the lives of its residents. At the beginning, a child disappears and the town is shaken by this event. Although the book is described as a mystery, I felt "literary fiction" is a more accurate description.

The story is narrated by the different community members of Colliersville. Each chapter is told from the point of view of one of its characters: an undercover journalist investigating the working conditions in a farm that em
Olivia "Don't Blame Me I Voted for Hillary"
Superb story of the people of the small town of Colliersville, Indiana. I found it amazing.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to TL by: Goodreads giveaway
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for my honest review. All my opinions are my own :)

3.5 stars

A steady-paced, sometimes slow-burn of a story... very character driven, everyone with problems and flaws. A novel to be read when you can devote your full attention to it.

The feel of this one reminded me of the Lovely Bones in a way, the atmosphere and certain elements going on. A taste of the something in the air and in the people...

Sometimes it was confusing and I had to go ba
Aug 09, 2017 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
DNF 30%

I really tried to read this arc but I just couldn't get into the story. The chapters were so long and draining and the number of characters being introduced just left me confused.
After almost 2 months of dragging this, I have no interest in knowing how it ends. I've made my peace.
Jessica Sullivan
One spring afternoon, Daisy Gonzalez disappears without a trace from her small town of Colliersville, Indiana, affecting everyone in the community.

But Tornado Weather doesn't read like your typical mystery. This is a book about the people who inhabit Colliersville—from the Mexican immigrants who work at the local dairy farm to a boy who swears he can talk to animals to the townies working at the local strip club.

The narrative is similar to Olive Kitteridge: a series of interconnected short stori
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
“Tornado Weather” is a remarkable debut by Deborah Kennedy. The framework for the novel is a missing 5 year old girl and a looming tornado. With that as the outline, Kennedy delves deeply into the lives of the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town. As secrets come to light the reader discovers the connections both small and large that bind these characters together. Those secrets, some of which are truly heartbreaking, show that no one is as average and ordinary as they may appear on the surfac ...more
Lewis Szymanski
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, giveaways
I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I'm so glad I randomly entered and won this giveaway.

Set in 2010, this is a character-driven novel of life in a small Indiana town and the reaction of a community when a little girl goes missing. If you are expecting a straight narrative thread you will be disappointed. Each chapter is a character study/inner monolog of a different character.

I loved the varied points of view and the different voices. I never wanted it to end. I wanted t
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wtf this didn't bring to mind Everything I Never Told You at all!

Do you mean because this was a story about a girl who goes missing?

Celeste Ng's debut was a beautiful tight knit poignant story about a family in the pre-modern era and how their community and neighbours affected them.

This was a series of interconnected vignettes from over a dozen different perspectives on a town in Indiana in 2010 about a five year old girl who goes missing.

The difference is that Everything was about the girl. Thi
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those wonderful books that I love so much, where one story is told from the point of view of everyone in town, and only by reading the whole thing, do you begin to put the pieces together and realize what everyone's role is. If you liked Olive Kitteridge, or The Tsar of Love and Techno (as I did) you will most likely love this story set in a small town in Indiana of the reaction of a community when a little girl goes missing.

I loved the varied points of view, and the different vo
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Wow. This is probably one of my favorite books of 2017, and I hadn’t even heard of it before I requested it from Netgalley. The mystery sounded interesting to me, but I wasn’t expecting such a thoughtful and beautiful story of a small town in rural USA. I immediately looked for Kennedy’s other books to read before I remembered this is, incredibly, her debut novel.

The description says it’s about a young girl’s disappearance
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways-won
I rec'd this book thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to like this book but unfortunately i didn't, it just wasn't for me. Not saying that someone else wouldn't enjoy it. It was intriguing at first but then I just found it confusing without a point at times. It was more of the writing style that I found daunting. Each chapter, which were very long, was a different character with a different story, with multiple side characters woven in, way too much character dev ...more
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
I was very fortunate to win this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The wonderful cast of characters in this story weave together a tapestry that in the end reveals how connected they truly are despite their apparent differences.
Five year old Daisy Gonzalez is dropped off at the bus stop in her wheelchair. Her father isn't waiting for her that day and she disappears. There is a varied cast of characters who have an opinion about what may have happened which, at times, made the story a bit confusing
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
A difficult read for me. The book starts out with a disappearance of a little girl but then seems to just become a small backstory as it goes into a lot of stories about different people in town. I found it hard to keep track of who was who and really just wanted to concentrate on the missing girl. I have read other reviews that liked all the different characters so it really depends on your taste.
Alison Raley
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved listening to this book and getting to know these characters. They are all complex and devastating. If you read this book soon and don't like it, please don't discuss it with me. I'm not ready to be objective.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
A book with no stakes. Dear God.

1. This is not a character-driven novel, that term's being misused. It can't be character-driven if none of the characters do anything or resurface at any point. Literally one character has more than one chapter in this book (Fikus, the bus driver, I think he may have 2-3). The characters do not act, they ruminate. It's boring.

2. There is no action in this novel. Anything that happens happens off-stage!!! You hear about it after the fact.

3. The missing girl is th
Kim H.
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is a character driven mosaic of life in a community in the aftermath of the disappeearance (and presumed abducton/kidnapping) of 5 year old Daisy Gonzalez. Each chapter is written from the perspective of a different character, building on the relationships (however tenuous) between them (neighbors, employers, former classmates, hairdresser/clients, church group members, etc.). As such, if you are expecting a straight narrative thread or linear unfolding of a "who dunnit," you will be ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
It might be true that books about the midwest always loom large in my imagination and my standards are high; I grew up in Tornado country and wanted this to reflect my experience. It didn't.

I do think this was an ambitious first novel and when I think about from that perspective, it is remarkable. I did like the premise. But it fell short for me in that there were too many characters to keep track of, the featured characters didn't have distinguishing voices and I wished she had gone all in with
Gayle Slagle
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tornado Weather by Deborah Elaine Kennedy is a jewel of a book. This is a debut novel by Kennedy and she shows the potential of becoming a major author. She is a master at developing character and presents an array of interesting and realistic people . The story takes place in Colliersville, Indiana, in 2010, and revolves around the sudden disappearance of five-year old Daisy Gonzalez at her bus stop. Each chapter in the book presents one of the citizens of Colliersville and makes each of them r ...more
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars*

"One dog yelping at nothing will set ten thousand straining at their collars."
– Japanese Proverb, Tornado Weather

I’m not exactly sure what I anticipated when I began Tornado Weather, but what I got was so much more than what I imagined. Deborah E. Kennedy’s debut is weirdly wonderful, and it’s so different that it is difficult to know just how to categorize it. It’s one of those books that, to me, shouldn’t be pigeonholed into just one genre. There’s mystery, drama, heartache, racism
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a strange book. It starts off like a mystery: where is Daisy, a missing little wheelchair-bound primary school student? Last seen being wheeled down the road away from the school bus by a casual acquaintance, she has vanished into thin air. However, almost immediately, this story line becomes secondary and chapter after chapter of the book becomes a vignette of someone's life in weird little Collierville, Indiana. It had its moments, but I found my attention wandering too often to be com ...more
Cindy H.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won this book as part of the GooReads Giveaway Program. I am offering my unbiased review in exchange for the ARC.

This book is not what I expected but I enjoyed it very much. A cast of unique characters, each chapter told from a different point of view. While the story centers around the mysterious disappearance of young Daisy, this is truly a story of a small town suffering from prejudice, secrets, economic troubles and the unwillingness to change.

The writing is strong and lyrical, although i
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was honestly one of the most depressing books I've ever read. That ending made my mouth drop open and goosebumps go down my entire body. I just want to cry. Life. This is a book about life in its rawest form. It's brutal.
Judy Zegers
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
A complete waste of time. Don't bother.
Jaclyn Crupi
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I feel like I just read Olive Kitteridge again...
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Book from NetGalley

"Tornado Weather" by Deborah Kennedy tells the story of a handicapped 5-year-old girl who goes missing and how this affects the residents of Colliersville, Indiana. The problem is the girl, who happens to be Mexican-American, becomes a distant thought for the too many white characters, and the race factor belittles the girl's significance as the main character tying the others together.

Daisy is a young girl in a wheelchair who goes missing. The moment before she goes missin
Leah Rachel von Essen
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Tornado Weather as rumbles of thunder lit across the grey Chicago sky, and the humid air seemed to be trembling with the weight of the water it was getting ready to unleash. Deborah E. Kennedy’s debut novel is a twisting of interconnected tales, all binding together a rural Midwestern town full of prejudices, gossip, and struggle. The stories are united by the disappearance of five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez, but vary wildly in tone and characterization.

To begin with the bad: Kennedy’s twist
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: drama, family
Started off really well but then got progressively worse. The story isn't as much about the disappearance of Daisy Gonazalez as it is about the depressing and downtrodden inhabitants of Colliersville, Indiana. The novel's arc is told through those inhabitants in a series of vignettes. There's also a shift in the timelines...some vignettes are set in the month prior to Daisy's disappearance, others are set on the same day, some are set in the time after the mystery of her disappearance is solved. ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway

The title of the novel drew me in. I was intrigued. The story was really good but I thought there were just too many characters. The story centers around the disappearance of Daisy Gonzales, a wheelchair-bound child. Everyone in the little town as a different theory about what happened to her. While learning what they think, the reader also sees the reality of the characters' lives in their town where everyone knows everyone else. The to
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