From National Book Award finalist, Janet Peery, comes this "powerful, haunting, and beautifully written" (Tucson Citizen) collection of linked stories set against the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Etta and Mackie Spoon are sisters growing up on an Oklahoma farm. Etta is rebellious and mercurial, Mackie, shy and overshadowed by her sister, but both carry the weight of dark family secrets. When tragedy strikes, they set out on their own, in search of something greater, something beyond the pallid and brutal landscape they know.
Vivid and, at times, devastating, What the Thunder Said is the long-awaited third work of fiction by one of our most acclaimed novelists and storytellers.
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"[You] admire not only the story she sets out to tell, but her ambition as to its scope."--The Boston Globe
"Engrossing . . . [Peery] demonstrates her virtuosity in writing from the perspectives of different genders, ages, and social classes."--The Virginian-Pilot
"Peery has a definite flair for language and characterization, and her description of the Dust Bowl is harrowing. . . . A disturbing story of marginalization during one of America's most chaotic and devastating times."--The Baltimore Sun
"A mesmerizing new collection of stories . . . Peery manages to make the hardscrabble vernacular of Oklahoma and the Ozarks sing like poetry."--Amy Woods Butler, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
JANET PEERY, the author of The River Beyond the World and Alligator Dance, has received an NEA Fellowship and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Norfolk, Virginia.