Weather (Hardback)
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Hardback 224 Pages
Published: 13/02/2020

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Told in short snippets of crystalline prose, Weather is a wry, quietly powerful novel whose understated insight and keen intelligence illuminates aspects of everyday life in Trump’s America.

Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2020

What are you afraid of, he asks me and the answer of course is dentistry, humiliation, scarcity, then he says what are your most useful skills? People think I'm funny

Lizzie Benson slid into her job as a librarian without a traditional degree. But this gives her a vantage point from which to practise her other calling: as an unofficial shrink.

For years, she has supported her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. They have both stabilized for the moment, but then her old mentor, Sylvia Liller, makes a proposal. Sylvia has become famous for her prescient podcast, Hell and High Water, and wants to hire Lizzie to answer the mail she receives: from left-wingers worried about climate change and right wingers worried about the decline of western civilization.

As she dives into this polarized world, she begins to wonder what it means to keep tending your own garden once you've seen the flames beyond its walls. When her brother becomes a father and Sylvia a recluse, Lizzie is forced to acknowledge the limits of what she can do. But if she can't save others, then what, or who, might save her? And all the while the voices of the city keep floating in--funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783784769
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 280 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

This is so good. We are not ready nor worthy - Ocean Vuong

'As soon as I finished [Dept. of Speculation], I turned it over and started again. Stunning' - Maggie O’Farrell

The end times don't deserve such exquisite literary investigation. I folded down every page until I realised there was no point, I would fold them all, I would read the book again the second I was finished. A gorgeous, funny, deadly serious and warmly revelatory mesh of perfect paragraphs - Max Porter

Jenny Offill writes beautiful sentences; she is also a deft curator of silences. It's this counterpoint of eloquence and felt absence that enables her to register the emotional and political weather of our present - Ben Lerner

No one writes about the intersection of love and existential despair like Jenny Offill - Jia Tolentino

Jenny Offill conjures entire worlds with her steady, near-pointillist technique. One feels a whole heaving, breathing universe behind her every line. Dread, the sensation of sinking, lostness, and being cast away from any sense of safety infiltrates every interaction and private moment in this book, like the ashes from the burning world she describes - Sheila Heti

Weather is a beautiful book, both subtle and powerful. In writing, that's a superhuman feat. And now is exactly when we need the superhumans. Make haste. Read it - Lydia Millet

Novelists don't need to dream the end of the world anymore - they need to wake up to it. Jenny Offill is one of today's few essential voices, because she writes about essential things, in sentences so clipped and glittering it's as if they are all cut from one diamond - Jonathan Dee, author of, The Privileges

With exceptional originality, intensity and sweetness [...] Dept. of Speculation is a shattered novel that stabs and sparkles at the same time. . . give in and read it - Guardian

There is no doubt that Jenny Offill is the writer for this particular historical moment. WEATHER is a tour de force of her considerable and startling gifts: the compressed and gorgeous sentences, the astounding comic timing, the profound and wise surprises. The miracle of this novel is how it looks at our contradictions and conditions with such bracing honesty and yet gives us a tender hopefulness toward these fraught humans. Offill makes us feel implicated but also loved - Dana Spiotta

A fragmented wander through an anxious, funny mind, with odd connections arriving in overheard anecdotes. It's great - Observer

Moving, heartbreaking and frequently funny - Five great novels of the decade, New European

Elegant, entertaining... zesty... told in short, shimmery snippets...delightfully silly; jam-packed with wise and wistful sentences that you will want to underline and quote to all your friends - Psychologies

[Offill is] such a fine, funny writer, her observations shot through with luminous intelligence and emotional insight. Her last novel, Dept. of Speculation is also superb - Alex Preston, Observer

Impressive - Spectator

A thoughtful often funny book about modern life - Socialist Worker

Weather takes the form of short paragraphs, each beautifully shaped and self-contained... Courageous, quirky and charming - TLS

An original and timely piece of work... shimmers with beautiful writing, wild wit and usually an undercurrent of introspective melancholy... ingenious - New European

Guaranteed to make you feel less alone... Striking... It is brilliant in the truest sense of the word, capturing the anxieties of modern life - climate, politics, privilege, sex, tech - with the lightest of touches. In the future, when people want to know what living in 2020 was like, they should just read Weather' - Stylist

Brilliant - Melissa Harrison, Guardian

A brilliantly compressed novel that takes the temperature of our times - 'The 100 best summer reads 2020’, Sunday Times

A darkly witty distress call... channels our anxieties about climate collapse and political meltdown into the wisecracks of an everywoman narrator... it walks the line between hilarity and deadly seriousness - ‘50 brilliant books to transport you this summer’, Guardian

Admirable - ‘Best books of the year so far’, i paper

Funny, interesting and challenging. It makes you laugh out loud, while also making you slightly despair - Martha Lane Fox, Good Housekeeping

Brilliant. Just so enjoyable and made me really want to sit next to Jenny Offill (or maybe her main character) at a dinner party...I really enjoyed it - i paper

I had been waiting for years for Jenny Offill's next novel and I wasn't disappointed - Avni Doshi, Observer

Assembles shards of anecdote and aphorism into a glittering mosaic that faces up to Trump's America and climate collapse with wit, heart and moments of sheer terror - Guardian

Compulsively alarming - Telegraph

Offbeat and brilliant - Books of the Year, Stylist

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“Beautifully told tale of modern life....”

I love the style of Jenny Offill’s short novel, told in a series of short snippets. There is nothing dramatic about this novel, no action packed, exciting parts but she was still able to capture the current American... More

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“Uniquely observed!”

Jenny Offill writes in a poignant and quirky style. You have to stand back and reflect. It really makes you think. This book is not very long but it is full of many different themes that affect young and old.
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I loved this writer's previous book so was delighted to receive a proof copy of Weather. The prose is so beautifully crafted that I was torn between wanting to ration and savour every sentence and needing to... More

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