Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles audiobook

Stormy Weather

By Paulette Jiles
Read by Colleen Delany

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11.94 Hours 1
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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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Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” Booklist

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Author Bio: Paulette Jiles

Author Bio: Paulette Jiles

Paulette Jiles is an author whose books have been an Oprah Pick, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, and nominated for the National Book Award.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.94
Audience: Adult
Language: English