Storm Season: Book by William Hauptman

Storm Season

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ISBN: 9780292734531    Publisher: University of Texas Press Year of publishing: 2001     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 316        Language: English
When a catastrophic tornado strikes his North Texas hometown, a young man caught in the deadening routines of blue collar work is shocked into rediscovering the importance of his life. This mesmerising...Read more
When a catastrophic tornado strikes his North Texas hometown, a young man caught in the deadening routines of blue collar work is shocked into rediscovering the importance of his life. This mesmerising novel explores the phenomenon of stormchasing as a search for meaning, for the experience of being intensely alive. It is also, in William Hauptman's words, " the story of a strong family and the love that holds them together in a time of profound hardship and change." A native Texan who now resides in Brooklyn, New York, William Hauptman is also the author of the Tony Award-winning musical "Big River". His short-story collection "Good Rockin' Tonight" won the Jesse Jones Award for Fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters.
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William Hauptman's Storm Season was published in the same year as Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, and to my mind it is an equally classic Texas novel, a work rich in humour and scope and,...Read more
William Hauptman's Storm Season was published in the same year as Cormac McCarthy's All the Pretty Horses, and to my mind it is an equally classic Texas novel, a work rich in humour and scope and, above all, heart. Hauptman writes as beautifully about emotional stasis as he does about meteorological turmoil. This is a book about tornadoes that has its own cyclonic force: it picks you up, carries you in its grasp, and then sets you down in a surprising and distant place." -Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo "Storm Season is about family, the working class, the crimes human beings have committed against the land, and the hypnotic, redemptive quality of disaster - why human beings love being scared out of their socks. It's spooky, beautiful, bizarre." -Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times "I don't think you have to live in dangerous territory to be pulled along through this novel's fascinating meteorological or psychological vortex. Mr. Hauptman's characters' anger, their refusal to knuckle under to the diminution of their dreams, rings absolutely true." -Rosellen Brown, New York Times Book Review
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