Wide Blue Yonder

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A 1999 National Book Award finalist for WHO DO YOU LOVE, Jean Thompson towers into the stratosphere with her new novel, WIDE BLUE YONDER. It is the summer of 1999, and something big and bad is coming to Springfield, Illinois, 'the place the Weather lived.' WIDE BLUE YONDER is a novel about weather in all its permutations, climatic, emotional, even metaphysical. Our guides through this season of blazing heat and fearsome storms comprise an unlikely quartet, each preparing in some measure for the end of the world. Uncle Harvey believes he is the Weather Channel's 'Local Forecast.' Yet even an arsenal of meteorological facts and figures can't stanch his existential fears. Harvey's niece, Josie, is fixed with a different predicament. She's seventeen with nowhere to go in the Land of Lincoln except into deep trouble. Josie's mother, Elaine, feigns cheerful efficiency, desperately masking a far more urgent quest. And then there's the loner Rolando, who hails from Los Angeles. A human storm system fueled by boundless rage, Rolando is on course to make Springfield the ground zero of his wrath. Newsweek's Jeff Giles memorably described Thompson's previous collection, WHO DO YOU LOVE, as 'a beautiful book, but a hell of a sad one' WIDE BLUE YONDER burns brighter, yet moves in the same mysterious ways.

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Kent Haruf author of "Plainsong" "Wide Blue Yonder" is an achievement, a magician's sleight of hand, a kind of alchemy. Here, Jean Thompson gives us the story of a family beset by wild storms living out their troubled lives under an Illinois sky, and by the end she somehow manages to move them toward a madcap -- but wholly plausible -- transformation that seems filled with the possibilities of redemption and hope.

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Jean Thompson is the author, most recently of WHO DO YOU LOVE: STORIES, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundations.

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