The "Classic Catherine" Anniversary Edition of EARTHQUAKE WEATHER AND OTHER
STORIES is now available for sale! Check out the new Author's Note by
Catherine Ryan Hyde.
"Earthquake Weather is a strong, finely-wrought collection from Catherine
Ryan Hyde. The characters are well-drawn without falling into western
stereotypes; the dialogue is right on target." —San Jose Mercury News
All of the stories in EARTHQUAKE WEATHER have been published in literary
magazines, and many have been nominated for Best American Short Stories,
the O'Henry Award and the Pushcart Prize.
In "Dante," a woman inherits a dangerous dog from her late married lover,
Grant. Dante is not dangerous to her, just to anyone who tries to get near
her. Now the question is whether that's what Grant had intended all along.
In "Mrs. Mulvaney, the Grasshopper God," an older woman has a spiritual
experience that causes her to swear off the mowing of her lawn. But it
drives her neighbor Mr. Felker—who found her lawn a touch unkempt to begin
with—right over the edge.
In "Red Texas Sky," Charley, a young boy who's been plagued by nightmares
since witnessing the death of his father, gets help from an unexpected
source. His mother brings home a new boyfriend, Teddy, an alcoholic Vietnam
vet who takes Charley on a mission to face his fears in hopes of leaving
the nightmares behind.
"Of the eighteen stories collected here... all are worth reading. Empathy
is everywhere in this book.... And perhaps that's what's so striking about
this collection: in your heart, you can see yourself in most every
character. Sometimes that's frightening, and sometimes it's kind of nice.
Either way it's a good read."
—San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune
"Earthquake Weather is a kaleidoscopic treasure... there are so many
emotions in these stories, such depth to the feelings...Her writing brings
us into the lives of such varied people... and she makes us understand and
even care for them as only a talented wordsmith could."