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Right after the weather

by Anshaw, Carol, 1946-

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It's the fall of 2016. Cate, a set designer in her early forties, lives and works in Chicago's theater community. She has stayed too long at the fair and knows it's time to get past her prolonged adolescence and stop taking handouts from her parents. She has a firm plan to get solvent and settled in a serious relationship. She has tentatively started something new even as she's haunted by an old, going-nowhere affair. Her ex-husband, recently booted from his most recent marriage, is currently camped out in Cate's spare bedroom, in thrall to online conspiracy theories, and she's not sure how to help him. Her best friend Neale, a yoga instructor, lives nearby with her son and is Cate's model for what serious adulthood looks like. Only a few blocks away, but in a parallel universe we find Nathan and Irene{u2014}casual sociopaths, drug addicts, and small-time criminals. Their world and Cate{u2019}s intersect the day she comes into Neale{u2019}s kitchen to find these strangers assaulting her friend. Forced to take fast, spontaneous action, Cate does something she{u2019}s never even considered. She now also knows the violence she is capable of, as does everyone else in her life, and overnight, their world has changed.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anshaw's (Carry the One, 2012) compassionate novels are propelled by her preternatural gift for close observation, so it was a stroke of genius to create a hyper-attentive set-designer narrator. Not only does Cate take in every detail of every scene, she also has strong opinions about all that she surveys, making her inner monologue stingingly precise and often hilarious. She is slowly building a reputation in Chicago, primarily with gay-themed productions, and barely getting by. Now in her forties, Cate is trying to extract herself from her affair with Dana and convince herself to go all-in with costume designer Maureen, while her once-again divorced ex-husband holes up in her apartment and succumbs to deep conspiracy paranoia as Trump takes office. At least her ex's dog brings Cate bliss, and she cherishes her longtime friendship with yoga teacher Neale and her 12-year-son. But just when Cate gets her big break a prestigious off-Broadway production of a play about Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, she arrives at Neale's place during a horrific home invasion and brutal attack. With sharply drawn characters, an ensnaring plot, and a look back at closeted gay lives, Anshaw, acutely attuned to the shifting weather of emotions and relationships, insightfully dramatizes the insistence of desire over convention and expediency and the endless reverberations of violence.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Anshaw (Carry the One) brings a fresh, keen voice to this story of modern lesbian life. In 2016 Chicago, 40-something Cate, a theater set designer, needs a boost in her low-level career. Her likable, wealthy, neurotic ex-husband Graham is temporarily living with her, despite their divorce many years before, when Cate had accepted that she was a lesbian. Cate tries to improve her unsatisfying life--and recover from the mortification of Trump winning the 2016 presidential election--by dating a seemingly ideal woman, a costume designer named Maureen, but Cate's quirks and immaturity prevent her from convincing herself that she has found a just-right partner, or that she can achieve security in her profession. The narrative also features a thread involving two scruffy adults who stopped by for candy on Halloween and turn out to be addicts, and the narrative occasionally turns to brief vignettes of their lives with drugs and the homes they invade, adding suspense and culminating with a violent intersection of the two story lines. The danger of the addicts inspires the creative Cate, who has been surviving mostly on help from others, to grow up. Anshaw's account of a woman seeking love as she struggles to make a living in her chosen profession will captivate readers. (Oct.)"
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Subjects Life change events Fiction
Violence Fiction
Electronic books.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Atria Books2019
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9781476747811
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