In the Prairie Dust Bowl of the 1930s, a stranger walks out of a storm and forever alters the lives of two sisters, the strange and intense Norma-Joyce and the beautiful Lucinda. Their rivalry for Maurice Dove, a student studying weather on the Prairies, sets the stage for a narrative spanning more than thirty years, beginning in Saskatchewan and moving, in the decades following the war, to Ottawa and New York City. Although Norma-Joyce is only a child when Maurice Dove drops into her life, she develops a fixation for him that lasts a lifetime. Hay's writing is spare yet richly textured, dark and erotic. The physical and emotional landscapes she portrays evoke surprises, tragic and comic, and teach us about the lasting imprint of first love.
About the authors
A former CBC Radio host, interviewer and documentary maker in Winnipeg, Yellowknife and Toronto, Elizabeth Hay spent eight years in New York where a profound longing for home propelled her to write Captivity Tales. In a poetic blend of personal narrative, biography, history and literary fiction, she tells the stories of other Canadians who came to New York and their experiences away from home. She is the author of three other books: The Only Snow in Havana, Crossing the Snow Lines, and Small Change. She lives in Ottawa.
Born and raised in Ancaster, Ontario, Jennifer Overton is an actor, educator and writer living in Halifax. Her professional acting credits span twenty-five years with major roles in theatre, television, and film. Jennifer also directs, and recently served as Acting Artistic Director at Festival Antigonish. She teaches in the Theatre Department at Dalhousie University.Jennifer’s writing career, a newer form of creative endeavor for her, has had enormous success. Her initial writings about life with her autistic son aired to great acclaim on CBC Radio’s First Person Singular series. The success of these reflections has brought her publication in magazines and journals as well as her first book, Snapshots of Autism: a family album (Jessica Kingsley Pub.)Jennifer is currently working on a new play about autism for young audiences, titled Spelling 2-5-5. She is the proud recipient of the 2007 Nova Scotia Provincial Autism Centre Sobey’s Green Jacket Award for her contribution to the autism community.
"This is a book to break (and warm) your heart over and over...Hay's language is precise, economical and evocative. In A Student of Weather, every word counts."