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Becky Hagenston's debut collection of short stories, is the 2009 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction that Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right and Some Fun, calls "curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking"; Brock Clark, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, says, "Just when you think you've got these characters and their Becky Hagenston's debut collection of short stories, is the 2009 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction that Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right and Some Fun, calls "curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking"; Brock Clark, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, says, "Just when you think you've got these characters and their messed-up lives pegged, they do something wonderful, or awful, or both, to utterly surprise you, and often themselves. A wonderful book"; and Janet Peery, author of What the Thunder Said, says, "With extraordinary wit and understanding and stunning emotional accuracy, not to mention an uncanny ability to track which way the wind blows, Becky Hagenston trains a weather eye on those most unstable of fronts-human beings in their dealings with each other. Smart work from a smart writer."


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Becky Hagenston's debut collection of short stories, is the 2009 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction that Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right and Some Fun, calls "curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking"; Brock Clark, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, says, "Just when you think you've got these characters and their Becky Hagenston's debut collection of short stories, is the 2009 winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction that Antonya Nelson, author of Nothing Right and Some Fun, calls "curious, clever, quick, hilarious, and heartbreaking"; Brock Clark, author of An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, says, "Just when you think you've got these characters and their messed-up lives pegged, they do something wonderful, or awful, or both, to utterly surprise you, and often themselves. A wonderful book"; and Janet Peery, author of What the Thunder Said, says, "With extraordinary wit and understanding and stunning emotional accuracy, not to mention an uncanny ability to track which way the wind blows, Becky Hagenston trains a weather eye on those most unstable of fronts-human beings in their dealings with each other. Smart work from a smart writer."

37 review for Strange Weather

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess Montgomery

    What a fantastic collection of stories! I was torn between wanting to race through the collection because the writing was so compelling, and wanting to savor each story one at a time, with a day or two between reading each one. I went with the latter option and I'm glad I did. Each story is a gem, providing a quirky look into the human heart. The characters are odd and interesting, engage in quietly outlandish behavior that tests the bounds of relationships and (at times) human decency, and yet, What a fantastic collection of stories! I was torn between wanting to race through the collection because the writing was so compelling, and wanting to savor each story one at a time, with a day or two between reading each one. I went with the latter option and I'm glad I did. Each story is a gem, providing a quirky look into the human heart. The characters are odd and interesting, engage in quietly outlandish behavior that tests the bounds of relationships and (at times) human decency, and yet, disturbingly and movingly, it's easy to see our own emotions--fears and wishes and desires and doubts--brought to life in these stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The stories in this collection are quirky and not worried about realism. The magical elements feel commonplace with the murderers and heartsick characters that fill "Strange Weather." The best story is the opening one, "Trafalgar," which switches between the points of view of a daughter and her mother as they visit London.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juliana Gray

    This is a slim collection, but a good one, with quirky stories that don't sacrifice characterization for the sake of cuteness.

  4. 5 out of 5

    J. Brook

    Great book. Would have given it another star if there weren't so many dead cats.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Excellent collection!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darlin' Neal

    Becky Hagenston is a short story master. These stories are dark and funny all at once. Everyone of them resonant. Short story lovers should pick up this award winning collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    I love the sense of humor in these stories. They can be dark and a bit surreal at times, but they hit home.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christie

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

  10. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hagenston

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michele Davis

  12. 4 out of 5

    Molly Gutman

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Mientka

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Humphrey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Jr.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hemingwaysurfer

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

  19. 5 out of 5

    Clifford

  20. 4 out of 5

    Midge

  21. 4 out of 5

    April

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nate Denson

  23. 4 out of 5

    CB

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate Ledger

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Becky

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anne

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

  31. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  32. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  33. 4 out of 5

    Bethie B

  34. 5 out of 5

    Casey

  35. 5 out of 5

    Tom Lammert

  36. 5 out of 5

    Justine

  37. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Browning

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