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How to Predict the Weather, by Aaron Burch

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How to Predict the Weather, by Aaron Burch


How to Predict the Weather, by Aaron Burch


Publication Date: November 9, 2010
Paperback: 126 pages
ISBN: 978-0-982151-26-6
Trim: 6.7 x 4.8


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Ranging from lyrical commands to surreal narratives, Aaron Burch's short fictions swirl with whimsy, meditation, sadness, and hope; blur the line between real and imagined; and focus on loss of lovers, of family members, and even of one's self. 


"Made of small parts, each its own story of breaking down and/or rebuilding, the book coheres in the way fragments of dreams arrange themselves in the waking hours to make the kind of sense that transcends the neat paraphrase of self-help and talk show vernacular. In other words, it does what literature should do: inform, entertain, unsettle." —Christopher Kennedy, author of Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death

"I really enjoyed what seemed like semi-voyeuristic snapshots of a life. Kinda reminded me of putting the pieces together after a long night of drinking. The descriptions are all dripping wet and gritty. The themes in How to Predict brought me back to one of my favorite album titles, Unbroken’s Life. Love. Regret." —Dave Verellen, vocalist of Botch and Narrows

"...takes the tangible concrete instructions of folding paper, finding shapes in clouds, making connections with those around us, and turns them into weapons, uses them to impale us, makes a father a spearhead and launches it through our sternums. Burch is somehow lovingly violent with words." —JA Tyler, The Chapbook Review

"These secret instructions, these rustic observations and tiny tales, are deceptively quiet. They steal in with a few cool words and then explode with creativity and light." —Deb Olin Unferth, author of Vacation