Wide Blue Yonder

Wide Blue Yonder

by Jean Thompson
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Wide Blue Yonder by Jean Thompson

From National Book Award-finalist Jean Thompson comes a compelling, highly charged novel about a family ruled by the weather, the drastic changes that hit their atmosphere, and a midwestern town where chaos doesn't reign — it pours.
Something big is headed for Springfield, Illinois, a place where weather of all kinds — climatic, emotional, and even metaphysical — tends to come in extremes. It is the summer of 1999, and through the long months of blazing heat and fearsome tempests, a quirky quartet of locals will try to ride out the stormy season, each in their own way.
Uncle Harvey believes he is the embodiment of the Weather Channel's "Local Forecast," even though all meteorological evidence points to the contrary. His niece, Josie, is fixed with a different predicament — she's young and pretty, with nowhere to go except into deep trouble. Her mother, Elaine, lives under a façade of cheerful efficiency, desperately masking a far more urgent quest. And all of them are caught in the path of the loner Rolando — a human cyclone from the West, fueled by a boundless rage and determined to make Springfield the focal point of his wrath.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743229586
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jean Thompson is the author of Who Do You Love: Stories, a 1999 National Book Award finalist for fiction, and the novels City Boy and Wide Blue Yonder, a New York Times Notable Book and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction selection. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Visit her at www.jeanthompsononline.com.

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Wide Blue Yonder 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thompson does a wonderful job in creating a cast of characters in this book that are both believable and have a great amount of depth. however, the novel seemed to have three separate stories that never really fit in together. thompson does a decent job of making these three disparate stories crash together in one, intense scene, but i left the novel wishing that i could have gotten the entire story behind mitch and josie, or harvey and his fascination with the weather channel, or the wanderer who stumbles into their lives. the loose ends in the novel seemed to tie themselves up a little too nicely at the end of the novel. to describe how i feel about the book as a whole, it was like chasing after the ice cream man as a little boy. i hear the music and i quickly lift myself to my feet. i grab some change and i race out the door as fast as i can. excited, full of anticipation, and loving the thrill of the chase, i feel free and alive as i chase the ice cream man down. and when the ice cream man finally stops, he tells me that all he has left is vanilla ice cream cones. i eat the vanilla ice cream, and it's good because it is so hot outside and the ice cream is cold. but it's vanilla and it's not anywhere near as exciting as a bomb pop or strawberry eclaire.