The Stormchasers

The Stormchasers

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Twins are forced to confront a violent secret from their past in Jenna Blum's first novel since her runaway bestseller, "Those Who Save Us" "How far would you go to protect a sibling-and at what cost to yourself? " In "Those Who Save Us," Jenna Blum proved herself a master storyteller with brilliant insight into the spectrum of human emotion. Now, Blum turns her sights to the most intimate and mysterious of family relationships-that between twins-in her powerful and provocative second novel. As a teenager, Karena Jorge had always been the one to look out for her twin brother Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder. But as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life. Always obsessed with the weather-enraptured by its magical unpredictability that seemed to mirror his own impulses- Charles starts chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic . . . until a terrifying storm chase with Karena ends with deadly consequences, tearing the twins apart and changing both of their lives forever. Two decades later, Karena gets a call from a psychiatric ward in Wichita, Kansas, to come pick up her brother, whom she hasn't seen or spoken to for twenty years. She soon discovers that Charles has lied to the doctors, taken medication that could make him dangerously manic, and disappeared again. Having exhausted every resource to try and track him down, Karena realizes she has only one last chance of finding him: the storms. Wherever the tornadoes are, that's where he'll be. Karena joins a team of professional stormchasers-passionate adventurers who will transform her life and give her a chance at love and redemption- and embarks on an odyssey to find her brother before he reveals the violent secret from their past and does more damage to himself . . . or to someone else.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 373 pages
  • 157.48 x 226.06 x 35.56mm | 589.67g
  • Dutton Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525951555
  • 9780525951551
  • 2,145,999

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"This is an honest depiction of mental illness told with all the pain, humor, hubris, and guilt that the "healthy" sibling bears...women's fiction fans and those with a special interest in extreme weather should welcome Boston resident and creative writing instructor Blum's second novel (after "Those Who Save Us" )." -"Library Journal" "The outer landscape of Tornado Alley and the inner terrain of sibling devotion are brought vividly to life in Jenna Blum's new novel, a powerful story that reminds us that love is always a pursuit - one that demands, over and over again, that we put ourselves in harm's way." -Stephanie Kallos, author of "Broken for You" and "Sing Them Home" "I could not put down Jenna Blum's tornado of a novel about the secrets we keep from even those we love the most. Her heroine, Karena, is a fearless and fascinating companion on one hell of a ride." -Amanda Eyre Ward, author of "How to Be Lost" and "Love Stories in this Town"show more

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2,630 ratings
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4 36% (946)
3 37% (969)
2 10% (258)
1 3% (69)
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