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Staff Reviews

I loved Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill, but it was unlike anything I’d ever read. I wasn't surprised to find the same kind of oddness about her new book, Weather. The main character, Lizzie, works at a library, and is asked to answer mail for a friend’s podcast on climate change. As the book progresses, Lizzie becomes more and more invested in the subject. At the same time, she is trying to help her brother who struggles with his relationships and addiction. The writing is sparse on the page, but every paragraph carries a hefty weight. Dept. of Speculation was named one of The New York Times Book Review’s Top Ten Books of 2014. I fully expect the same recognition for Weather.

— Mamie

February 2020 Indie Next List

“Brief and brilliant, Jenny Offill’s Weather doesn’t need page after page to trap us inside. Tearing through precision-crafted paragraphs, we willingly follow a Brooklyn librarian down a doomsday rabbit hole as she tries to limit the world’s damage to those she loves. On the express bus to the demise of civilization, find a seat next to Lizzie for a wild and witty ride through the storm raging across America. An astute and satisfying read.”
— Ann Woodbeck, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN



From the beloved author of the nationwide best seller Dept. of Speculation--one of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year--a "darkly funny and urgent" (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis

Lizzie works in the library of a university where she was once a promising graduate student. Her side hustle is answering the letters that come in to Hell and High Water, the doom-laden podcast hosted by her former mentor. At first it suits her, this chance to practice her other calling as an unofficial shrink--she has always played this role to her divorced mother and brother recovering from addiction--but soon Lizzie finds herself struggling to strike the obligatory note of hope in her responses. The reassuring rhythms of her life as a wife and mother begin to falter as her obsession with disaster psychology and people preparing for the end of the world grows. A marvelous feat of compression, a mix of great feeling and wry humor, Weather is an electrifying encounter with one of the most gifted writers at work today.

About the Author

JENNY OFFILL is the author of the novels Last Things (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award) and Dept. of Speculation, which was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen-Faulkner Award, and the International Dublin Literary Award. She lives in upstate New York and teaches at Syracuse University and in the low-residency program at Queens University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345806901
ISBN-10: 0345806905
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 19th, 2021
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Vintage Contemporaries