A Student of Weather

A Student of Weather

Book - 2001
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During the worst of the prairie dust bowl of the 1930's, a young man appears out of a blizzard, and two sisters' lives are changed forever. Norma Joyce Hardy is the dark and lonely girl whose boldness and cunning prove so seductive; against her vivid, tricky personality, the beautiful and saintly Lucinda can barely hold her own. A Student of Weather traces their rivalry over decades to the century's end. In this gorgeous novel, Elizabeth Hay lays bare the lasting imprint on the human heart of physical landscape, family rivalries, and first love.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Counterpoint, c2001
ISBN: 9781582431239
Call Number: F Hay ELiz
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 22 cm


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Mar 03, 2019

The story of a woman trying to find her place in life, rejected by so many whom she loves, or could have loved. From the Prairies to Ontario to New York and back again. Loved the descriptions of landscape and nature.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

Hay has brilliantly used weather in all its glory and devastation as a backdrop to the love that two very different sisters, one so reserved and beautiful, the other boldly tenacious but plain, have for one charming and unreliable man. He enters their life in a prairie storm, stirring up emotions that will weather many years of rivalry, heartache and forgiveness.

Oct 20, 2011

An imperfect, but poetic love story, compelling characters and beautiful setting.

Sep 20, 2010

A child falls in love with a man, and the man is seduced by the intensity he has generated. Then his attention shifts to something else. End of story.

So Hays describes her mesmerizing tale of Maurice Dove and his cataclysmic but accidental effect on the women he meets. We see Dove through the eyes of Norma Joyce, his most passionate admirer, who was first smitten at 8 years old—and never fully recovered.

The story shifts over 40 years from Saskatchewan to Ottawa and New York, imparting a vivid sense of place. Postwar Ottawa comes to life.

Feb 07, 2010

did not like at all, did not finish


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Mar 13, 2012

Canadian author Hay's first novel begins on a Depression-era farm in Saskatchewan. The Hardy sisters, Norma Joyce and Lucinda, live with their widowed father. The sisters are opposites in appearance and in their approach to life. Norma Joyce, the dark, homely sister, is full of intellectual curiosity with artistic abilities, while Lucinda, older, blonde, and beautiful, is quiet and domestic. Thus, in some ways, they are natural rivals. When both fall in love with Maurice Dove, a student who stays with the family to study weather patterns, this unrecognized rivalry leads to mutual betrayals and a sad lack of family affection and understanding that affects the quality of their lives for nearly 30 years. As the story progresses, Hay's lyric descriptions of emotions, the prairie, the weather, and other natural conditions compel the reader's attention to the last page.


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