Heat Lightning



❮BOOKS❯ ✫ Heat Lightning Author Helen R. Hull – E17streets4all.co.uk Helen Hull was once a well known American novelist and Heat Lightning, her sixth book, was a Book of the Month Club Selection for April The plot is simple Amy Norton comes home for a week s visit to Helen Hull was once a well known American novelist and Heat Lightning, her sixth book, was a Book of the Month Club Selection for AprilThe plot is simple Amy Norton comes home for a week s visit to her hometown in Michigan the town is unnamed but must owe a lot to Albion, where Helen Hull grew up Now that she was back in the town of her childhood, standing on a corner across from the village triangle of green, a small pyramid of luggage at her feet, Amy s one clear thought, over the fluttering of unimportant recognitions, was Why on earth have I come Her husband has gone on holiday without her, her two children are at summer camp, and she is hoping to work out why she is unhappy She looks with detached eyes at every member of the Westover family, all of whom live within striking distance of their old home and, having been away for so long, is able to observe her female relations with fresh eyes and to see that each of them lived true to her own code, without conflict or rebellion And I Amy moved restlessly I don t know what my code is Yet, over the course of the sultry summer week, with flashes of lightning never far away, she starts to understand herself better and to have a new insight into the lives of her relations the matriarchal Madam Westover her grandmother her parents Alfred and Catherine her brother and sister Ted and Mary, who has just given birth to another child and her aunt and her two unmarried children As Amy comes to realise, the Westover family, into which foreigners have married, is a microcosm of the larger society, each member with his own code, derived blindly from distant soil The result, which is what Helen Hull is describing, is that the individual has nothing firm upon which he can lean, nor has he even any definite way of life against which he can rebel he is under the necessity of determining for himself how he shall act and think It is the summer after the Great Crash ofand, as in so many Persephone books, everything happens and nothing happens however, a book which is simply about family life turns out to be unputdownable Although Heat Lightning focuses on domestic life, writes the American academic Patricia McClelland Miller in her Persephone Preface, it is, at its core, a novel of ideas, even though not all of the book s readers would have recognised it as such Indeed, the book with which most Persephone readers will compare it is Dorothy Whipple s Greenbanks Like Dorothy Whipple, Helen Hull s perception, her clarity of expression and her ability to tease out the quiet, unspoken thoughts and fears that ripple under the surface of each of our lives is magnificent, wrote Rachel of Book Snob, adding, it takes true skill to rivet the heart and mind while remaining within the four walls of the family home, and I can t praise Helen Hull s abilities enough.Heat Lightning

Helen Hull was brought up in Michigan, the eldest child of a schools superintendent and a former teacher Early on she and her brother became financially responsible for their family She went to Lansing High School and Michigan State University and was a schoolteacher after graduate work she went to Wellesley College to teach creative writing Here she met Mabel Louise Robinson with whom she lived for the rest of her life Their home was in New York and, in summer, in North Brooklin, Maine She joined the Department of English at Columbia in and taught there for the next forty years, becoming professor In New York she was a key member of the Heterodoxy Club, a group of outstanding and unorthodox women She published numerous short stories and the first of her novels came out in , the last in from the back cover of Heat Lightning published by Persephone Books.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader each of them lived true to her own code, without conflict or rebellion And I Amy moved restlessly I don t know what my code is Yet, over the course of the sultry summer week, with flashes of lightning never far away, she starts to understand herself better and to have a new insight into the lives of her relations the matriarchal Madam Westover her grandmother her parents Alfred and Catherine her brother and sister Ted and Mary, who has just given birth to another child and her aunt and her two unmarried children As Amy comes to realise, the Westover family, into which foreigners have married, is a microcosm of the larger society, each member with his own code, derived blindly from distant soil The result, which is what Helen Hull is describing, is that the individual has nothing firm upon which he can lean, nor has he even any definite way of life against which he can rebel he is under the necessity of determining for himself how he shall act and think It is the summer after the Great Crash ofand, as in so many Persephone books, everything happens and nothing happens however, a book which is simply about family life turns out to be unputdownable Although Heat Lightning focuses on domestic life, writes the American academic Patricia McClelland Miller in her Persephone Preface, it is, at its core, a novel of ideas, even though not all of the book s readers would have recognised it as such Indeed, the book with which most Persephone readers will compare it is Dorothy Whipple s Greenbanks Like Dorothy Whipple, Helen Hull s perception, her clarity of expression and her ability to tease out the quiet, unspoken thoughts and fears that ripple under the surface of each of our lives is magnificent, wrote Rachel of Book Snob, adding, it takes true skill to rivet the heart and mind while remaining within the four walls of the family home, and I can t praise Helen Hull s abilities enough."/>
  • Paperback
  • 328 pages
  • Heat Lightning
  • Helen R. Hull
  • English
  • 22 August 2018
  • 1903155916

10 thoughts on “Heat Lightning

  1. says:

    It s 1930, and the Great Depression is starting to bite at the middle classes in America Amy Norton s two kids are in camp and her husband has gone fishing or has he With marital insecurities in the back of her mind, she arrives in her home town where her grandmother is the grande dame of the small town, to find her parents and her grandmother caught up in the financial and emotional problems of her extended family.This forgotten novel was a delight Amy is both an outsider and a player in t It s 1930, and the Great Depression is starting to bite at the middle classes in America Amy Norton s two kids are in camp and her husband has gone fishing or has he With marital insecurities in the back of her mind, she arrives in her home town where her grandmother is the grande dame of the small town, to find her parents and her grandmother caught up in the financial and emotional problems of her extended family.This forgotten novel was a delight Amy is both an outsider and a player in the unfolding dramas, with grownup siblings and cousins married to all kinds of inlaws and almost everybody scrabbling for the limited pot of family money It gives her a unique perspective, while at the same time, half of her mind is on her own problems back home in New York

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    Heat Lightning is a domestic American novel set in an unnamed Michigan town, presumably reminiscent to the one Helen Hull herself grew up in It is summer 1930, when Amy Norton arrives back in the town she grew up in, to stay for a week with her family Her husband has gone on a fishing holiday, her two children are at summer camp, and Amy must work out what it is that is wrong with her marriage.Full review Heat Lightning is a domestic American novel set in an unnamed Michigan town, presumably reminiscent to the one Helen Hull herself grew up in It is summer 1930, when Amy Norton arrives back in the town she grew up in, to stay for a week with her family Her husband has gone on a fishing holiday, her two children are at summer camp, and Amy must work out what it is that is wrong with her marriage.Full review

  3. says:

    An interesting family drama Well done, but a bit claustrophobic with the weather and social atmosphere I also found Hull s writing style a bit jarring At times it seemed a bit stream of consciousness in a spacially disorienting way.

  4. says:

    People whose opinion I respect have liked this book, and I was really eager to try it It also had the advantage of being written by a Michigander However, after plowing through 1 3 of it, I just had to give it up I found the author s writing style to be what I would call awkward and the self involved heroine annoyed me Still, there were moments of beauty, evocative and lovely in a way that reminded me of days gone by in my Iowa childhood What relaxed lives we lived then

  5. says:

    I loved the characters and the problems they faced, the 1930 small town setting, and could feel and smell the sultry atmosphere It was a bit too talky in parts and the weakest part was Amy s problem with her marriage which wasn t really made very clear I wonder what Hull s other novels are like.

  6. says:

    Her name was Amy and she was sensible c Amy Cook re Amy in Heat Lightning and probably re Amy Cook

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    Helen Hull s sixth novel, Heat Lightning, was first published in 1932, and has recently been reissued by Persephone According to the publishing house s magazine, The Persephone Biannually, the idea for Heat Lightning came to the author when she read the following sentence in a magazine article Here in America we stem from many races, we have no homogenous roots, no common traditions The preface to the volume has been provided by Patricia McClelland Miller, who states that Heat Lightning is Helen Hull s sixth novel, Heat Lightning, was first published in 1932, and has recently been reissued by Persephone According to the publishing house s magazine, The Persephone Biannually, the idea for Heat Lightning came to the author when she read the following sentence in a magazine article Here in America we stem from many races, we have no homogenous roots, no common traditions The preface to the volume has been provided by Patricia McClelland Miller, who states that Heat Lightning is at its core, a novel of ideas Miller s informative writing shows the psychology of the characters, particularly of the novel s protagonist, Amy She states the way in which Amy is presented with a dilemma common to many of Helen Hull s characters how can women flourish when they are expected to make most of the adjustments in situations which really require the efforts of both men and women The novel, set in 1930, begins with Amy Westover, a thirty five year old woman, who is returning to her Michigan hometown with a small pyramid of luggage at her feet She spent her childhood in a fictional town named Flemington, which she has fled to onceto escape her unhappy marriage in New York They would all wonder why she had come, Hull writes, where her husband Geoffrey was, and the joke was that she didn t know the answer Despite returning under the guise of resting after a tonsil operation, she admits to her grandmother in an early conversation, Yes, I ran away, alone Amy is too thin, too tense, head with dark fluff of hair strained forward and the dark eyes gave back an anxious stare Throughout, memories of her past is woven in, and these come to light when particular senses are affected by what she sees and feels around her for example, the smell of hot vinegar and spices remind her of making pickles on hot summer mornings.A list of principal characters has been provided at the outset, ranging from our protagonist and her immediate family members to Charley Johnson, Amy s grandmother s former chauffeur This list provides a useful reference point, as a lot of individuals are introduced in a kind of barrage in just a few pages Whilst we learn rather a lot about Amy as the novel progresses, she still feels like a somewhat distant protagonist We as readers are her overseers, and we are distinctly not part of her story We watch her and her actions with mild interest, but there is a kind of barrier which Hull has erected which stops us from becoming too involved or too compassionate towards Amy The other characters, too, are either not developed enough, or come across as superficial or cruel Amy s grandmother, for example, is incredibly judgemental of those around her, and is never scared of giving her often crude and bigoted opinions Curly doesn t approve of immigration Nodo I Too many foreigners Too many right in our own family.The novel deals with Amy s struggle of how to behave in two entirely different places one as a responsible wife and mother to the oddly named Buff and Bobs, and the other as a child herself to her parents, who are so familiar, so foreign Amy says, when speaking about her tonsils, They leave you melancholy when they go , which could equally be a comment upon her children leaving for camp, or even metaphorically, with their growing up She does seem to relax slightly when in her Michigan life, and one touching sentence describes the way in which She took their good night kisses, still their child.Hull s descriptions of place and weather are the definite strength of the novel The summer is tucked in at the horizon inescapably , and the heat of the day was wavering, full of unsteady motes Later on, the sun lays metallic fingers at the roots of her Amy s hair The writing style is very rich, but the conversations often feel a little stolid Rather than providing a comment upon life in small town America, Heat Lightning focuses upon family dynamics, and the family unit as a whole It also presents a small insight into a relatively early twentieth century marriage, saying of Amy and Geoffrey, This past year their attitude toward each other had been a tight rope on which she struggled, with painful, awkward contortions, to keep her balance And Geoffrey he had jiggled the tight rope Heat Lightning is an important addition to the Persephone list in that it does deal with some growing issues which women faced in the early 1930s for example, Amy s disillusionment with her new life and her relationship with her husband, and her cousin Harriet s lesbianism My cousin Harriet is awfully modern, isn t she The novel itself is well written, but the meandering storyline is difficult to engross oneself into, and the characters, even those we know the most about, are difficult to feel compassion for A sense of momentum is never really gained, and the novel feels a little flat in consequence It is worth reading for the writing style alone, but the characters are neither strong nor realistic enough to warrant as much love for this particular Persephone title as they are in almost all of the other books the firm publishes

  8. says:

    Fascinating exploration of protagonist s internal world running alongside her observations and assessments of her family and friends Set in the time of the start of the Great Depression interesting to watch the characters lives unfolding in this context There s a sense of the old world traditions slowly eroding away in the face of new ideas and morals.

  9. says:

    Another winner from Persephone Classics This forgotten treasure was my second favorite read of the summer Helen Hull was a popular American author during the first half of the 20th century, but her work is largely ignored today This is a shame, because the themes she explored in this novel, along with her exquisite prose, made this an absolute joy to read The basic story revolves around a young woman who lives in New York City and has returned to rural ish Michigan to visit her family at the Another winner from Persephone Classics This forgotten treasure was my second favorite read of the summer Helen Hull was a popular American author during the first half of the 20th century, but her work is largely ignored today This is a shame, because the themes she explored in this novel, along with her exquisite prose, made this an absolute joy to read The basic story revolves around a young woman who lives in New York City and has returned to rural ish Michigan to visit her family at the cusp of the Depression In this aspect, the book actually brought to mind a mash up of Faulkner and Wharton There were the weird antics of her unusual family members like Faulkner , but the book is written in the accessible, old fashioned, American family style of Wharton To this day, I can t cut up a peach without remembering the grandmother in this book

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    I can see why many people wouldn t necessarily be drawn to this book It s small, introspective and a little old fashion given when it was written But I loved it As a mother I appreciated the protagonist s POV I loved her take on motherhood And, everyone s family is a little crazy right This is a quiet book about going home to your parents when your life as an adult is not longer the black and white of your childhood They say you can t go home again, but there is a sort of peace that you a I can see why many people wouldn t necessarily be drawn to this book It s small, introspective and a little old fashion given when it was written But I loved it As a mother I appreciated the protagonist s POV I loved her take on motherhood And, everyone s family is a little crazy right This is a quiet book about going home to your parents when your life as an adult is not longer the black and white of your childhood They say you can t go home again, but there is a sort of peace that you acquire when you embrace your roots If you re looking for big action, or twisty plot lines, this isn t the book for you But if you like a book to fall into and walk around inside of instead of burning through, you should read

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