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The Resource Yesterday's weather, Anne Enright

Yesterday's weather, Anne Enright

Label
Yesterday's weather
Title
Yesterday's weather
Statement of responsibility
Anne Enright
Title variation
Yesterdays weather
Title variation remainder
stories
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The sum of these stories is a rich tapestry of people struggling to find contentment with one another--and with themselves--in a rapidly changing Ireland
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2008
Review
  • Irish writer Enright is a sly and scintillating examiner of the human condition, and nowhere do her rapier-like observations probe more flawlessly than in this adroit and frisky collection of short stories exploring the urgency and delicacy of contemporary relationships. Whether illicit, complacent, raucous, or joyous, love, sex, and everything in between is fair game. Enright's themes are lush and elaborate, and fraught with more than a hint of danger. From a daughter who suspects her mother of adultery to a middle-aged widow confronting an inappropriately timed pregnancy, Enright's heroines, especially, are a multifarious lot, full of zesty emotions and slender motives tempered with self-doubt and recriminations. Elsewhere, through precise vignettes of ordinary domesticity, conciliatory husbands and confrontational wives labor to conceal tantalizing friction in scenes that tremble with subtle energy. Through dialogue that sparkles with a savory nonchalance, Enright's characters and their situations are made both recognizable and foreign, ensuring her readers a transformative and buoyant escapade into the heart of a sensuous society. -- Haggas, Carol (Reviewed 07-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 21, p40)
  • In this overstuffed collection from Booker Prize–winner Enright (The Gathering ), the gems are overshadowed by the sheer number of stories (there are 31). Enright's talent lies in her ability to tweak an ordinary situation and create something that is at once unique and universal: two wives coming to different conclusions about their husbands' infidelities in “Until the Girl Died” and “The Portable Virgin,” an examination of elevator and pregnancy etiquette in “Shaft” or the permutations of sexual desire in “Revenge.” Other standouts such as “Little Sister” and “Felix” resonate because of their tight focus. In the former, the narrator pieces together her dead sister's life and realizes “It was all just bits. I really wanted it to add up to something, but it didn't.” In “Felix,” Enright riffs on Lolita and creates an endearing and repulsive middle-aged woman narrator who has an affair with a neighborhood boy. But too often Enright's characters—more often than not female, first-person narrators—bleed into one another until their stories become jumbled in the reader's mind, as another unhappy wife or mother laments her situation. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 2, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 22, p25)
  • /* Starred Review */ Enright follows up her 2007 Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Gathering , with this collection of 31 short stories. Most of the selections are set in a contemporary Ireland that exhibits only tenuous links to the country evoked in the works of Joyce, O'Casey, or O'Brien. Formerly oppressive traditions, institutions, and social realities have given way to the global and cultural forces rapidly reshaping the country. Enright limns this transitional world and its diverse inhabitants, all unified by the mysterious discontents and dazzling triumphs of love, in breathtaking detail. In the title story, for example, a young woman discovers in her newborn child the grace to accept the well-intentioned but clumsy affection offered by her husband's family. Enright has been rightfully praised for her imaginative and stylistic powers. She is more than a gifted technician, however. She shows her readers how opportunities for grace emerge from the humdrum details and obsessive crises that make up our lives, and as such, she is one of the most distinctive and necessary authors writing today. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/08.]—J.G. Matthews, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman --J.G. Matthews (Reviewed July 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 12, p70)
  • /* Starred Review */ The Man Booker Prize–winning Irish writer's new work (The Gathering, 2007, etc.) is a beguiling collection of 31 short stories.Love—of partners, children, friends, siblings, the afflicted—is the hallmark of this group of rich, often short vignettes. Fury, tenderness, incomprehension and impulse illuminate scenes of modern life (work life, family life or a solitary life), highlighting the gulf and yearning stretching between men and women as they deal with attraction, procreation, money and mortality. The title story tidily encompasses the emotional range (and rage) of a couple managing a family visit with their newborn child, and similar fast-moving squalls of behavior mark others, like "Caravan," in which a wife and mother struggles to cope with her kids and husband simultaneously. "Pale Hands I Loved, Beside the Shalimar" is a heartbreaking description of compassion extended toward a mentally disturbed friend, one of many tales of sex and friendship, lust and separate destinies. Contemporary Ireland is generally the setting although there are rare departures, as in "Here's to Love," a story of lost histories shadowing the present when friends meet in Paris, one of whom is now married to an older man, a survivor of Vietnam who still flinches at the barking of a dog. Eloquent images light up these overlapping stories like flares—a line of tulips flattened by the wind; a swarm of bees on a gatepost; a dusting of flour on a carpet. And, as always with Enright, there is mesmerizing language that can switch from comic to lyric in a blink. Voiced predominantly by female narrators, these stories spill over with warmth, wisdom, earthiness and an exceptional vision.Another tour de force from a writer whose voice and perspective mark her as one of the cherishable talents of our era. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
272893
Cataloging source
UPZ
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1962-
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Enright, Anne
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Short stories, Irish
  • Short stories, Irish
  • Ireland
  • Ireland
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stories
Label
Yesterday's weather, Anne Enright
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Switzerland
  • What you want
  • The bad sex weekend
  • Della
  • Green
  • Shaft
  • In the bed department
  • Little sister
  • Pillow
  • Pale hands I loved, beside the Shalimar
  • Until the girl died
  • Taking pictures
  • The house of the architect's love story
  • Men and angels
  • (She owns) Every thing
  • The portable virgin
  • Indifference
  • Historical letters
  • Luck be a lady
  • Revenge
  • What are cicadas?
  • Yesterday's weather
  • Mr. Snip Snip Snip
  • Seascape
  • Felix
  • Wife
  • Caravan
  • The cruise
  • Natalie
  • Here's to love
  • Honey
Control code
705170
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780802118745
Lccn
2010281472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802118745
  • (OCoLC)232959606
Label
Yesterday's weather, Anne Enright
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Switzerland
  • What you want
  • The bad sex weekend
  • Della
  • Green
  • Shaft
  • In the bed department
  • Little sister
  • Pillow
  • Pale hands I loved, beside the Shalimar
  • Until the girl died
  • Taking pictures
  • The house of the architect's love story
  • Men and angels
  • (She owns) Every thing
  • The portable virgin
  • Indifference
  • Historical letters
  • Luck be a lady
  • Revenge
  • What are cicadas?
  • Yesterday's weather
  • Mr. Snip Snip Snip
  • Seascape
  • Felix
  • Wife
  • Caravan
  • The cruise
  • Natalie
  • Here's to love
  • Honey
Control code
705170
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780802118745
Lccn
2010281472
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780802118745
  • (OCoLC)232959606

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