Stormy Weather takes place in the Mid West at the beginning of the 1930s. The United States faces an economic depression, droughts and dust storms are sweeping all over the Mid West. Economic hardships and scratching out a living is now the top priority for many rural Americans.
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We are introduced to Jeanie who is a young girl and is somewhat a tomboy. Her father shows her more attention then her other two sisters and she often accompanies her father to horse races and to card games. A dramatic turn of events happens when Jeanie's father is killed while working on an oil rig. Jeanine is now left with her mother Elizabeth and her other sisters Mayme and Bea. The depression has hit America and the four woman are now left to survive on what they can. Each women reacts differently to each circumstance thrown at them.
Jeanie starts reading old farming manual from the University of Texas A&M. Her sister maybe Bea takes a secretarial job for an oil company, and the youngest sister Mayme engages into writing. During these hard times their mother Elizabeth puts all her families saving into an oil drilling company of which she doesn't know if she will ever see that money again.
The focus of this book is to show the reader the difficult times of the Great Depression and how one family can come together and get by. When reading this book one can really get transported back into this times as the author vividly paints the picture of the times.
Best part of story, including ending:
One can imagine the huge dust storm, the model T Fords and the the wash tubs. While reading the book one will think it was written during the time it was set in.
Best scene in story:
The relationship between Jeanie and her father.
Opinion about the main character:
How dreams and desires can take a backseat to survival and helping loved one's in a time of need.