American Weather

American Weather

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Meet Jim Haskin. He's forty years old. He's worth around thirty-five million. He runs his own San Francisco ad firm, American Weather. AmWe's image is green and forward-looking: if your product is upcycled, or hydro or vegan, they'll make you an ad. However, behind the scenes, Jim supports the old captains of American industry: bleach, beer, guns. One day Jim is asked to come up with something extra-special. The scheme he devises brings together a Death Row inmate, pay-per-view television, and most of America's largest corporations. Everything is set for it to be his greatest achievement yet.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 304 pages
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Digital
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0753544490
  • 9780753544495
  • 2,124,893

Review quote

"A strident satire on the American-dream-turned-nightmare... The writing is sharp and clever" * Guardian * "Charles McLeod's writing is very special...crisp and rhythmical, sometimes almost poetic... Bright and sparky" -- William Leith * Evening Standard * "A strong, original voice and sharp wit" * Irish Examiner * "Raucous, so original... Stunningly good writing... Scorching humour" -- Eleanor Henderson, author of 'Ten Thousand Saints' "This is a wonderfully wicked book that has the potential to impress or offend, depending on your sensibilities. It's like nothing else I've read this year, and Jim is such a hideously lovable rogue that even with all his bad behaviour, I couldn't help but think he'd be a great person to have in your circle of friends" * Bookbag *show more

About Charles McLeod

Charles McLeod's fiction has appeared in publications including Conjunctions, DOSSIER, Five Chapters, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses, and on Salon. A Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, he has also received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and San Jose State University, where he was a Steinbeck Fellow.show more

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Meet Jim Haskin. He's forty years old. He's worth around thirty-five million. He runs his own San Francisco ad firm, American Weather. AmWe's image is green and forward-looking: if your product is upcycled or hydro or vegan, they'll make you an ad. Behind the scenes, though, Jim supports the old captains of American industry; bleach, beer, guns. But all is not well: Jim's wife, Denise, is in a coma induced by a drug Jim helped promote. A live-in nurse and former Salvadorian gang member helps him care for her. And Jim's only child, Connor, has been sent to a boarding school three thousand miles away after assaulting another student. Orphaned at 14, Jim and his three closest friends grew up at Mr Hand's Home for Well-Behaved Boys. All have profited from the American Dream. In 2008, on the brink of the Presidential election, the quartet finds themselves short on cash and look to Jim for a solution. The scheme he devises brings together a Death Row inmate, pay-per-view television, and most of America's major corporations. Everything is set for it to be his greatest achievement yet. American Weather is a remorselessly funny and savage take-down of modern America by an abundantly talented writer.show more

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56 ratings
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4 23% (13)
3 23% (13)
2 16% (9)
1 9% (5)
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