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Right After the Weather

3.02  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  182 reviews
“This timely novel takes on friendship, desire, fear, and vulnerability in one incisive, witty, and powerful package.” —People

“Astonishes with the force of its unexpected beauty.” —The New York Times Book Review

The author of the “graceful and compassionate” (People) New York Times bestseller Carry the One presents a new and long-awaited novel exploring what happens when
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Atria Books
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3.5 Rounded Up

I think I read Carol Anshaw's previous book, but I can't be certain. So let's just call me a novice. Initially, I was going to pass on reading this, but a publicist sent it to me so I felt obligated to give it a try. Quite honestly, based on the early reviews I had seen, I was expecting this to go in the DNF pile. At the beginning, I thought this was going to be too 'high brow' for me. As you can see, it wasn't and I actually liked it. However, I can't see myself recommending this
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you Netgalley and Atria books for a ARC.

This was a fast read but honestly it was rather pointless. In 2016 Cate is a 40 something set designer living in Chicago with a myriad of relationship problems. Her ex-husband has recently moved in with her, she doesn't have a serious romantic relationship and on and on it goes. There isn't any resolution to her issues and I was left with the impression that Cate was going to bumble around for the rest of her life with no clear purpose.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
At it's core, Right After the Weather is a glimpse into the life of Cate, a 40-something lesbian, working as a Chicago set designer. Set against the backdrop of an emotionally charged 2016 presidential election, and a newly elected President Trump, the book is divided into two sections...before and after the incident...the incident, of course, being the assault of Cate's best friend, Neale.

Cate, whose character was very well-developed, was quite hard to get behind from a reader's standpoint. Sh
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
3.5 set design stars

This was my first read from Carol Anshaw and I liked her writing. This one is centered around Cate, who is a set designer for plays (bonus 0.5 stars for this cool occupation!) in Chicago. I did enjoy learning more about what goes into set design.

The characters in this one are quirky, but I didn’t get super-entrenched with any of them. Cate is involved with someone new – Maureen – while she pines for true love Dana. Cate’s conspiracy-obsessed ex-husband has moved back in with
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Slow burning, sobering, and forlorn!

Right after the Weather is an affecting, perceptive novel that takes us into the life of Cate, a middle-aged, lesbian, set designer whose life is riddled with disappointment and multiple, complex relationships that are strained and never fully satisfying.

The prose is edgy and raw. The characters are multilayered, frustrated, and dissatisfied. And the somber plot is a reflective tale with a side of violence that’s full of life, loss, infidelity, forbidden love,
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this bittersweet novel about Cate, her girlfriends, her friendships, her ex-husband, and her inability to understand how she fits in each facet of her life. The writing is lovely and I found myself caught up in her constantly second-guessing her decisions as she is wary of change but also wary of life passing her by. Then when a life-altering event presents itself, she can't quite perceive the repercussions and consequences it will have on her otherwise-daily existence as a set ...more
Lindsey Gandhi
For me this is more like a 2.5 star rating. I'm rounding up because there were small aspects of the story I thought were decent and I just can't give my first book of 2020 a low rating.

I guess I don't really understand the title of the book. As a reader that drives me up the wall. I kept waiting and waiting for that moment in reading where everything clicks and makes sense. That moment never happened for me. When the publisher sent me a copy to read I was excited after reading the blurb about t
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just an okay read. It just kind of plodded along the main character being Cate, a gay woman in her 40’s trying to find her place in life and trying to find a relationship that gives her everything she wants - love, lust, financial stability, happiness. I did like reading about her job as a set designer, which she was very passionate about. Her quest to find some window blinds was very pointed - they had to be from the time period and they had to have that yellow cigarette smoke tinge to it or th ...more
Claire Fuller
Carol Anshaw has written a wonderful character in Cate, who is juggling a series of events and relationships, none of which quite connect or overlap with each other. The writing is smart and often funny, and the detail, perceptive and brilliantly observed. I loved being submerged in Cate's chaotic life, and even as I closed the last page, I was completely sure that she and all the other characters were alive and well, and continuing to muddle through, somewhere in Chicago.
(This was a proof sent
Donna Davis
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those that like edgy humor.
Carol Anshaw has written a good deal of fiction, but this is the first time I have read her work. Right After the Weather turned up on Net Galley when I ran a search for humor; thanks go to Net Galley and Atria Books for the review copy. This book will be available to the public October 1, 2019.

Cate is a set designer working in Chicago. She’s divorced and looking for the right woman to settle down with. She’s in her early forties, and the clock keeps ticking; Dana is the one she wants, but she
May 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
Right After the Weather is a unique story. It's not for everyone, and I didn't love it. It's okay but kind of slow and flat for my taste. I think it's good for the right audience, but it's not for me. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)
Right After the Weather

📚 Hello Book Friends! RIGHT AFTER THE WEATHER by Carol Anshaw is a beautifully written LGBT contemporary literary fiction. This is about a forty-something woman who tries to manage her relationships with her girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, ex-husband, and, on top of that, who saves her friend from being raped by killing her assailant. The story somewhat successfully deals with all the deep emotions that come with these events. This book had so much potential but fell short because there was no closur
Laura Hill
Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on October 1st, 2019.

Writing: 4/5 Plot: 2/5 Characters: 3/5

Cate is a single, forty-something, lesbian, set designer in Chicago whose friends and colleagues have largely moved on. It is 2016 — Cate’s ultra-paranoid, thrice divorced, ex-husband is shacking up in her extra room; she is struggling to end an ongoing affair with a married woman; and a new girlf
Louise Wilson
Cate works as a theatre set designer. Neale is a yoga instructor. They have been friends since junior high school. Nathan and Irene are drug addicts. They prowl the streets .looking for the opportunity to thieve. Cate pays Neave a visit, only to find her getting brutally assaulted by Na5han and Irene. Cate goes to help her friend. But she's full of rage and adrenalin. Next thing that Cate is aware of is that she is in the police station, being interviewed by a detective. Cate can't remember what ...more
Rachel Hall
A bittersweet six months in the life of a liberal lesbian and the contrary effects of tragedy.

3.5 stars

Beguiling and bittersweet, Right After the Weather is centred around forty-two-year-old lesbian theatre set designer, Cate, and opens in Chicago in the weeks ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Subsisting on a series of low-paid and second-rate work gigs, subsidised by her divorced parents and powerless to resists the lure of her ex, Dana, who is never going to leave her long-term partner,
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Three and three-quarters stars.

Over the last twenty years, when a novel set in New York starts out with a vivid blue morning sky on a Tuesday, you know planes will soon be crashing into buildings. The two images are paired, the blue sky before the terror. I guess now, when a novel starts out in October of 2016 and the characters are just going about their lives, maybe speculating lightly about the upcoming election, you know they probably are going to be traumatized and horrified by the outcome
Davida Chazan
When I was on vacation abroad, I finished reading this very interesting, contemporary, women’s fiction novel, set in my home town of Chicago. This book was offered to me by the author’s publicist, and if you want to know what I thought of it, I hope you'll read my #bookreview on my blog now. ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is a many layered story of Cate, a 40 something lesbian who has a job designing sets for plays, and her relationships with quite a few people in her life.

This book was just okay for me. Despite the many characters and possibilities for storylines, there really wasn’t much going on. When there is a major thing that happens about halfway through the book it is barely described. It just seems like there could
Becky Gaiovnik
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
“All the time people send her videos of rescued dogs and how happy they are now. Like a dog so frightened by his pat that he stands facing a yellow wall, his nose an inch away. He just stands there. Then he’s shown in his new happy home playing with another dog. “Isn’t this heartwarming?” the sender will say. But all Cate can see is the dog staring at the yellow wall”.

This quote perfectly captures the complexity and raw human emotion that fills this book. Cate is navigating shallow and deep rel
Louise Wilson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Catenworks as a theatre set designer. Neale is a yoga instructor. They have been friends since junior high school. Nathan and Irene are drug addicts. They prowl the streets looking for the opportunity to thieve. Cate pays Neale a visit only to find her getting brutally assaulted by Nathan and Irene. Cate goes to help her friend. But she's full of rage and adrenalin. Next thing Cate is aware of is that she is in the police station being I interviewed by a detective. Cate can't remember what had h ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
But oh! she can write. Many years ago now, I read Anshaw's book, Carry the One and was roused by the emotions, thoughts and sympathies thrust upon me. Here also, whole, believable characters are moulded on the page with beautiful, believable prose; "when she tried to pull back she found her principles had been shredded by desire. Principles lay in ribbons around her feet. She had allowed herself to fall into a ridiculous sort of heart-throbbing love based on small, colourful explosions of urgent ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs, dnf
I don't understand why this book is advertised as similar to Ask Again, Yes. It's not similar at all in terms of storyline or writing style. Unfortunately, I DNF'd 75 pages into it. The story wasn't going anywhere and I just couldn't get into it. Disappointed.
Kaitlyn Bartolone
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I knew this was going to be a tough book to get through from the very first page. When I read in the very first sentence, “Cate prowls across a vast plain of old office desks,” I had a red flag go up that this book was going to be over written. And my instincts were not off. There was actual dialogue where one character says, “She’s plighting her troth.” That is not a thing anyone says.

Then, there is the fact that the book jacket is entirely misleading. You could skip the first half of the book
Susie Williams
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Thank you to the publisher for my copy of this book!)

I'm struggling big time with my star rating for this book because to be honest, when I first started it I didn't like it at all. I almost DNF-ed it. It took me until almost 50% of the book to start liking it. But once I got about halfway through, I actually started loving it. To the point where I didn't want to put it down. And now I feel like if I were to pick it up again, I'd appreciate the first part of the book much more.

So, be aware that
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall I like Carol Anshaw's writing, but found the dialogue here clunky sometimes, enough that I have to say 3 stars instead of 4. Also, there was a secondary character who had chapters in the first person, and his voice wasn't believable for me.

In my mind, usually 3 stars is a B or a C, and usually means I finished the book, and considering I abandon a lot of books, is not bad. I think of 4 stars as an A, and 5 stars is an A plus. This might not make sense numerically, but in my head it does
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Having never read anything from Carol Anshaw, I had no idea what to expect. She came with some pretty glowing reviews and this book sounded really interesting. I am thankful to have received this as an arc and therefore, I pushed through. But unfortunately, I just don't think this book was for me. I will say that the writing was quite good. I just didn't get anything from the plot. It started off a bit too slow for me and never really picked up. I usually enjoy stories with flawed characters bec ...more
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Like Everything Leads to You but much darker and significantly less enjoyable
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
So thoughtful and well written, and examines the myriad ways an act of violence can affect the victim and everyone around her. Although I loved the characters, I wanted to know more about them. Deeper character development would have made this good book even better.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
To say that Right After the Weather is a book that’s sort of out of my wheelhouse is a bit of an understatement. Narrated by Cate, a 40-something lesbian, living and working in Chicago on the eve of Donald Trump’s presidency, Right After the Weather is, on the surface, something I wouldn’t normally be interested in. Honestly, I decided to read it because the book’s blurb mentioned a parallel universe. (spoiler alert-there’s no parallel universe). Instead of some quirky science fiction, I found a ...more
Aimee Dars
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, fiction, lgbtq

A set designer with a master’s degree, but an unsteady income, Cate, at forty-two, gets by—barely—only because her ex-husband bought her a condo and her parents still give her money. Still, she is working on Plan C which involves a new relationship with Maureen and the possibility of working with a renowned playwright and director Off-Broadway even as her old relationships simmer on the surface. Her ex-husband, Graham, separated from his third wife, has taken residence in her guest room and spen
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Carol Anshaw is an American novelist and short story writer. Her books include Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner, Seven Moves and Aquamarine. Her stories have been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories in 1994, 1998, and 2012. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts (1992). She has won a National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, an NEA Grant, an Illinoi ...more

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