One Day the Weatherman is the story of Lucas Neary, a young musician coming of age in the 1970's and 80's. From the onset, Lucas is forced to deal with the unexpected death of his older brother, his odd and emotionally unavailable mother, and his suddenly absent father, while making the painful and insightful journey to becoming a man.
Moving and often hilarious, the story follows Lucas through high school and college as he yearns to reunite with the father who abandoned him and tries to come to terms with his absence.Although told mostly through the eyes of Lucas, the story also makes unexpected pit stops into the minds and lives of his parents, giving the reader a gestalt of the panoramic life Lucas lives and the reasons why his life takes the turns it does. One Day the Weatherman examines the notion of coincidence and fate and the role they may or may not play in our everyday decisions and lives.
Heartwarming, sometimes comedic, and yet painfully real, One Day the Weatherman explores the "quest" and our journeys through life--how what you want may not be what you were looking for in the first place... or maybe you had it all along and never realized it. The Rolling Stones said it best with their legendary lyrics: "...You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need."
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This novel was my first novel and was written during a four year period between 1997-2001. I started it in Southern California (Los Angeles area) and completed it in Marin County, San Francisco, where the first half of the book takes place. (Lucas's family lives in a fictional version of Mill Valley, California.) The beginning and ending of the novel takes place in a fictional version of a no-longer existing coffee-shop that I used to frequent on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California in the mid-90's. This same coffee-shop is where the idea of the novel introduced itself to me. A screenplay adaptation was later completed and represented but is un-produced as of today.
I have written several short stories, screenplays and a stage play entitled "The Great Deceiver", and my second book, with the working title of "Victim of Circumstance", which was mostly written while I was living in France, will be released shortly.
I hope you enjoy "One Day The Weatherman" as much as I enjoyed writing it.
"Rappaport writes of youth and growth, of death and absent longing, all with the clear spotlight of recognizable truth. One Day the Weatherman masterfully flows many tributaries of related lives into a great river of one. This is a mirthful, melancholy, deeply satisfying book. Readers will be glad they took this trip."
--John Opsand Sutherland, author of Don Q. Public
"This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The prologue of the book is intentionally obscure and I couldn't really figure out how it aligned with the story and, by the time I did, I was surprised when it all played out in the end. The writing reminded me a lot of John Irving's style of storytelling. Great central character and a handful of side characters/plots that drift in and out of the main story. Loved the book ..."
--Matthew Arnold, author of The Shattered Silence
"Rappaport's work is very detail-oriented and his writing is extremely descriptive; it makes for incredible realism and keeps One Day the Weatherman rooted in Lucas's experiences. Rappaport's skills in creating unconventional metaphors provide additional depth and insight into his character's personalities. Douglas Rappaport's One Day the Weatherman is a coming of age story full of tragedy, humor, and most importantly, hope, that will appeal to readers who enjoy character-driven fiction."
--Amy Brozio-Andrews, Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer
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Book Description Hats Off Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1587361892
Book Description Hats Off Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111587361892
Book Description Hats Off Books, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 372 pages. 9.06x6.04x0.90 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1587361892