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Wide Blue Yonder

(1995)
A novel by

 
 
From National Book Award-finalist Jean Thompson comes a compelling, highly charged novel about a family ruled by the weather, the drastic changes that hit their atmosphere, and a midwestern town where chaos doesn't reign -- it pours.

Something big is headed for Springfield, Illinois, a place where weather of all kinds -- climatic, emotional, and even metaphysical -- tends to come in extremes. It is the summer of 1999, and through the long months of blazing heat and fearsome tempests, a quirky quartet of locals will try to ride out the stormy season, each in their own way.

Uncle Harvey believes he is the embodiment of the Weather Channel's "Local Forecast," even though all meteorological evidence points to the contrary. His niece, Josie, is fixed with a different predicament -- she's young and pretty, with nowhere to go except into deep trouble. Her mother, Elaine, lives under a façade of cheerful efficiency, desperately masking a far more urgent quest. And all of them are caught in the path of the loner Rolando -- a human cyclone from the West, fueled by a boundless rage and determined to make Springfield the focal point of his wrath.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"In Wide Blue Yonder, Jean Thompson offers up a smart, stylish thriller, by turns dark and hilarious." - Richard Russo


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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wide Blue Yonder
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 1-4177-2086-7 / 978-1-4177-2086-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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December 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wide Blue Yonder
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 0-7432-0512-X / 978-0-7432-0512-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

December 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wide Blue Yonder: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
ISBN: 0-7432-2958-4 / 978-0-7432-2958-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kindle Editions

June 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wide Blue Yonder: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wide Blue Yonder: A Novel
Author(s): Jean Thompson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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