While my town dries out of record-setting, epic flooding from Hurricane Irene, let me ask you:
What’s your book with weather events? Hurricanes? Tornadoes? Blizzards? Real? Fiction? Doesn’t matter … weather comes up a lot in books, so there’s got to be a favorite somewhere, huh?
Two of my favorite books are Lake Wobegon Days and To Kill a Mockingbird and both offer plenty of weather.
Lake Wobegon Days tells stories of each season in the small town and how the weather has an impact. And while it’s not included in Lake Wobegon Days, one of my favorite stories by Garrison Keillor comments on the hot weather. It’s “Pontoon Boat” and it talks about how it’s so hot outside, but no one in the town will comment on it being so hot.
As for To Kill A Mockingbird, the opening of the book is striking in how it describes the warm, Southern afternoon. And the heat from the summer is almost a character in the story.