Praise for Weather's Store

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ForeWord Clarion Review

... In a powerful poem about language and power, the poet tells the story of walking with a
small child who wonders at the wind, seeking the right word for it. She writes, "Oblivious now to
what had enchanted him / Moments before I gave him that word. / The word that bound up
senses and wonder and magic / Dismissing them into knowing." Giomi has a deft touch for
expressing this awe and curiosity, and for acknowledging the ways people don't let these
feelings into their daily lives. If the book has one clear message, it is to appreciate the world and
those within it.

For people working through an illness, or for their caregivers, this volume offers an
empathetic voice. Many will recognize their own reactions and suffering, and they will be
inspired by Giomi's efforts to transcend circumstances and find wonder in her world.

Kirkus Review

Giomi, Thelma
Encounters with the
CreateSpace (211 pp.)
$14.99 Paperback
November 22, 2011
ISBN: 978-1460930588
Striking New Age novel about a woman who is drawn to an enigmatic store through which she begins a spiritual journey involving beings from ancient and traditional cultures inhabiting the raw landscape. Feeling disconnected from her life, a woman named Jessie stumbles on a “bone-white” store by the lakeshore in northern New Mexico. A heavy wrought-iron sign reads “Weather’s Store,” and the place gives Jessie the sensation of an old dream. From there, she meets the mysterious, green-eyed Weather and is introduced to a host of characters, including frightening Indian witches; Maya, a weaver and healer; surreal, powerful women spirits; Azteca Marta, an herbalist; Marta’s son Mateo, the blended soul of New Mexico; old Juan Antonio; and a heartbreaking, hopeless Indian adolescent. Alternately frustrated, confused, awed and intrigued, Jessie comes to a deeper understanding and acceptance of her destiny through these mystical mentors and guides. Unlike traditional novels, Giomi’s work presents a series of parables and haikus utilizing the land, cultures and people of New Mexico, to which the author, a native of the same region, feels a deep connection. These fragments can have elegance and depth, such as when homemade crosses marking death are equated to “resting places…reminders to stop and remember and, then with infinite patience, to bless what must be left behind.” Giomi doesn’t romanticize the primitivism and poverty of this part of the world while recognizing its power, beauty and sacred quality and respecting its wisdom. She touches on the tragic alcoholism prevalent among Native Americans, particularly youth, who are “trapped between two worlds” and often die young of alcohol abuse, homicide, suicide and despair. Her background as a psychologist occasionally reflects in the “work” Jessie is encouraged to do (“To embark on any journey…you must confront what is hiding in the darkness” or “admit the wound”), but the ultimate journey is metaphysical, a reclamation of the soul. Weather is represented literally by rain, winds and snow and becomes a metaphor for the tempests of the human spirit. One woman’s search for self in New Mexico achieves an abstract, meditative beauty.
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