We continue on with our Women’s Prize journey with another book I wanted to love so desperately but did not – Weather by Jenny Offill. I was actually really looking forward to this one for a while. I’ve wanted to read Jenny Offill for ages and Weather sounded like something I would enjoy.
This is a sort of contemplative novel that follows a woman and her everyday worries and anxieties. From climate change to her brother to her son, it’s a short novel that follows musings and short scenes from the main character’s everyday life.
This will be a rather short review since I don’t have much to say. I understand what the novel was trying to do and I think it manages to do that well. And I do think that a different kind of reader than me would enjoy this novel. But I think for this kind of stream of consciousness, navel-gazey novel to work it needs to be a lot longer. I need more time to settle in with the characters, and I need to get sort of attached to the characters. And the interesting thing is that I did enjoy Lizzie’s (I think that’s her name?) thoughts and feelings about her brother and his addiction especially, as well as her worries about her family life. So I think that if this would have been longer, I would have enjoyed it more because I would have had more time to get attached to the characters. I also feel like the whole climate change anxiety is mentioned frequently in reviews of this, but I don’t think that was as prominent in the novel, and I found Lizzie’s other worries to be much more fleshed out and relatable, even though I am someone who has massive anxiety when it comes to climate change.
And like I said, I think this was well-written, even funny and witty at times, but it just did absolutely nothing for me. I don’t think I will ever really think about this book again, which is sad, but it’s how it is.
I think this is a well-written, objectively good novel that just wasn’t for me. I am sure there are readers for it out there, but I am just not one of them.
ALSO, I am stealing Hannah’s format and showing my current rankings of the Women’s Prize Longlist books.
1. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (review)
2.Weather by Jenny Offill
I would love to hear from you! Have you been reading anything from the longlist? Thoughts so far? Have you read Weather? Let me know!
In the meantime, happy reading
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