"...One of the bravest novels I have ever read." Wendell Berry
The votes are in… Strange as this Weather Has Been by Ann Pancake has been selected as the 2013-2014 Common Reading.
Set in present day West Virginia, this debut novel tells the story of a coal mining family living through the latest mining boom and the destructive reality of mountaintop removal. It was selected as one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007, won the 2007 Weatherford Award, and was a 2008 Orion Book Award finalist.
"A hard-living Appalachian family weathers a contemporary coal boom, with strip mining and clear cutting making their mountain homeland unrecognizable. Facing a collapsing economy and environment, [the reader] doubts neither the characters' voices nor their places in a very complex poverty." -Publishers Weekly
The New York Times Book Review calls the novel “powerful, sure-footed, and haunting.”
“Essential reading." -Library Journal