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Tornado Weather: A Novel

de Deborah E. Kennedy

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""Dark and dangerous and strange and wonderful...Kennedy writes with the gritty poetry of Daniel Woodrell and misfit sensibility of Flannery O'Connor." --Benjamin Percy Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez's father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn't, and Daisy disappears. When Daisy goes missing, nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened. And they also know a lot about each other. The immigrants who work in the dairy farm know their employers' secrets. The hairdresser knows everything except what's happening in her own backyard. And the roadkill collector knows love and heartbreak more than anyone would ever expect. They are all connected, in ways small and profound, open and secret. By turns unsettling, dark, and wry, Kennedy's powerful voice brings the town's rich fabric to life. Tornado Weather is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find fulfillment in their lives - and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life"--… (mais)
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The book dropped a star for the last chapters. First because the ending is cheesy and American, even if it is creative and touching. Second, because this cool collection of short stories highlighting the foibles and complications of so many of the townspeople which are tied together by the mystery of Daisy's disappearance come to nothing. There is no sudden ah-ha! moment of clues coming together or profound links between the stories, there is just a lot of messed up people living in a tiny town that gets hit by a destructive tornado in the end, and people keep in living. The build-up of a great story plateaus too early and without a climax.
Not horrible, but not up to its potential. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
Daisy’s disappearance is big news in her small town and as each person that knew her shares their narrative of what they thought happened; what unfolds is a beautiful, raw and hopeful portrait of a town and its people searching for atonement amid the bitterness of loss.
A hauntingly dark and powerful debut.
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  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Daisy’s disappearance is big news in her small town and as each person that knew her shares their narrative of what they thought happened; what unfolds is a beautiful, raw and hopeful portrait of a town and its people searching for atonement amid the bitterness of loss.
A hauntingly dark and powerful debut.
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  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
A wonderfully layered novel whose central premise revolves around a missing wheel chair bound girl. The book takes place in a small town in Indiana and initially there is tension between the locals and several Latin Americans who have recently moved into the area to work. This issue recedes when the young girl goes missing. Fold into this the titled Tornado Weather that will also reek havoc on the town. So, there is a message here that the petty problems at the beginning are insignificant in the long run. A great Edgar Award nominee for best first book. ( )
  muddyboy | Jul 17, 2018 |
Daisy, a 5-year-old wheelchair-bound girl in a small Midwestern town, goes missing one day. This story focuses on the people in her life who know and love her, as the mystery around her disappearance deepens and is complicated by the stories in the book.

This is a character-driven, rather than plot-focused book, with Daisy's disappearance taking a (way back) back seat to the story of the lives of the people in Colliersville, Indiana. Those characters include a boy with Asperger's with no bowel control; a bus driver who is a little slow but has self-improvement aspirations; a community of illegal aliens working for peanuts and living in a cockroach-infested paint-peeling apartment complex owned by their employer/slum landlord; a high schooler whose mother skipped town and her gun-toting militia-man father and his redneck best friend; a cross-dressing teen who is happiest singing show tunes as he styles the hair of the old ladies in town; his depressive addict mother in the hospital about to be dumped by her no-good husband; two best friends, with dead-end jobs and cheating boyfriends; an overweight spiritual medium who can talk to animals; a young born-again Christian whose only wish is to befriend the loner bus driver; etc, etc.

These are some of the cast of characters we meet. Their stories are one depressing history after another. These are losers, to a one, and as a result, the book makes for a very depressing read. There is not one happy person in this town, and not one happy event. Not one. This kind of negativity -- I just don't get it. What is the author trying to prove here? That life sucks? That life in Indiana sucks? That we're all just living in our own private hells? It was hard to find redemption here, in the lives of the characters, and in the book itself.

The mystery of what happens to Daisy becomes only a backdrop to the author's real intent here, to show us this sad, depressing town and its sad, depressing inhabitants. The revelation of what happens to Daisy occurs as an afterthought.

Thank you to the author and publisher for a review copy. ( )
  ChayaLovesToRead | Jul 23, 2017 |
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""Dark and dangerous and strange and wonderful...Kennedy writes with the gritty poetry of Daniel Woodrell and misfit sensibility of Flannery O'Connor." --Benjamin Percy Five-year-old Daisy Gonzalez's father is always waiting for her at the bus stop. But today, he isn't, and Daisy disappears. When Daisy goes missing, nearly everyone in town suspects or knows something different about what happened. And they also know a lot about each other. The immigrants who work in the dairy farm know their employers' secrets. The hairdresser knows everything except what's happening in her own backyard. And the roadkill collector knows love and heartbreak more than anyone would ever expect. They are all connected, in ways small and profound, open and secret. By turns unsettling, dark, and wry, Kennedy's powerful voice brings the town's rich fabric to life. Tornado Weather is an affecting portrait of a complex and flawed cast of characters striving to find fulfillment in their lives - and Kennedy brilliantly shows that there is nothing average about an average life"--

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