Weather by Jenny Offill – Our Review


Our Review… weather transitive verb: to come safely through a difficult period or experience

Be prepared to be uplifted and at times confounded by Weather, a gem of a novel that is at turns insightful and savagely funny.

Weather revolves around Lizzie who is the linchpin that holds slightly her madcap family together- managing on a daily basis her god- bothering mother, her brother Henry who is a reformed addict, as well as her long- suffering husband and her inquisitive son.

As she effortlessly slides between her position as a librarian and aid to her mentor- the charismatic climate change speaker Sylvia, she sees a lot of the absurdities of human nature on both a local and a global level.

Weather is written in snippets of thought- much like how our mind works, jumping from the mundane to the metaphysical.

The result is a delightfully pitched novel, whereby the astute and satirical inner monologues of Lizzie will cause you to smile.

A wise and wonderful novel…currently long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2020.

Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books

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