Category Archives: A Student of Weather

Reader’s Guide for A Student of Weather

Discussion Questions for A Student of Weather Throughout the novel, Hay draws parallels between weather and love. Both are unpredictable, changeable, and have the potential for extremes. How does the love affair between Norma Joyce and Maurice reflect these qualities? … Continue reading

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Review excerpt for A Student of Weather: Kirkus Reviews

“Top-flight fiction keeps arriving from Canada with remarkable frequency these days. This time, the high standards set by Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, and others are matched—and then some … Brilliant.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Review excerpt for A Student of Weather: Newsday

“Enormously moving … An unsentimental testament to resilience and mettle … A triumphant novel.” —Newsday

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Curled Up With a Good Book review of A Student of Weather

Full of contrasts, light and dark, truth and deception, love and rejection, this elegiac novel is written in illuminating prose. The story unfolds through the eyes of the younger of two motherless sisters. Norma Joyce, a square peg who resists … Continue reading

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Collection of review excerpts for A Student of Weather

“There has never been a sister, lover, or daughter like Elizabeth Hay’s haunted Norma Joyce. A Student of Weather is as evocative as Jane Campion’s The Piano in its erotic obsessions and relentless quest for love and art. A sensual … Continue reading

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12 or 20 Questions Interview with Rob McLennan

1 – How did your first book change your life? I was living in New York City, and shortly before Crossing the Snow Line came out from Black Moss Press, the poet Fred Wah happened to visit me and he warned me not … Continue reading

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In Conversation: The New Quarterly interview

Elizabeth Hay in Conversation with The New Quarterly Magazine, originally published in spring 2009. The original item is published here with permission of the magazine. Elizabeth Hay – In Conversation With Hannah Albert I began this conversation with Elizabeth Hay … Continue reading

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