Nancy Pickard

“Pickard has the storytelling gift”
— The New York Times
“Pickard writes richly textured fiction about families and relationships, about hatred and lust and love, about loyalty and betrayal, and most of all about the corrosive power of secrets.”
—The Boston Globe
“A novel that simultaneously qualifies as a gripping read, a master character study and as literary . . . exceedingly rare.”
—The Kansas City Star
“Pickard’s tales of Kansas life are filled with gravitas and small-town drama. . . . The Scent of Rain and Lightning seems certain to earn her a much-deserved larger audience.”
—The Denver Post

Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

Library Journal, Starred Review

Booklist, Starred Review

Kansas Notable Book, 2011

Barnes & Noble, Top 25 Novels of 2010

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Top 25 Novels of 2010

Kansas City Star: Top Novels of 2010

Booklist Top Audiobooks of 2010

Finalist, Agatha Award, Best Novel

Finalist, Macavity Award, Best Novel

Finalist, High Plains Book Award for Fiction

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

Is Now a Feature Motion Picture

Starring Brad Carter, Maika Monroe, Will Patton, Bonnie Bedelia, Maggie Grace

Festival Schedule


June 27 - July 2
Free State Film Festival -- Lawrence, KS


More festival announcements to come soon!

Previous festivals

Winner Best Narrative Feature, Kansas City FilmFest 2017

March 24 - April 2
Atlanta Film Festival -- Atlanta, GA


April 4-15
Cleveland International Film Festival -- Cleveland, OH


April 5-9
Kansas City FilmFest -- Kansas City, MO


April 20-23
The Julien Dubuque International Film Festival -- Dubuque, IA


April 20-27
Newport Beach Film Festival -- Newport Beach, CA


April 20-29
Nashville Film Festival -- Nashville, TN


May 31-June 4
The Duluth Superior Film Festival -- Duluth, MN


June 1-11
Dances With Films 2017 -- Los Angeles, CA


June 8 - 11
deadCenter Film Festival -- Oklahoma City, OK


Articles and Reviews

"How was it possible to take a New York Times best-selling novel—spanning more than 20 years and dealing with 13 unique characters and a whole lot of rain and lightning—and turn that into a compelling Midwestern movie?"
A Recipe for Indie Success: The Tried-and-True Methods Behind Blake Robbins’ The Scent of Rain & Lightning, by Blake Robbins
"Maika Monroe Shines In ‘The Scent of Rain and Lightning,’ A Surprising And Slow-Burning Whodunnit Mystery"
Ingrid Oliveira Silva Keller, The Playlist
"…smart, sharp, hard, well paced and well acted with a fresh approach…"
The Scent of Rain and Lightning, by Bradley Gibson,
"…very powerful and the acting is FAN-tas-tic…"
Movie Mitch previews the KC Film Fest
"…This is an exciting collection of actors…
Review: The Scent of Rain and Lightning
"…a great cast delivering the performances…"
Atlanta Film Festival Preview: The Scent Of Rain And Lightning
"…reminds me very much of Hell or High Water. That’s a good thing; we can use more movies like that…"
Exclusive Review: The Scent of Rain & Lightning, by Jeff Owens


Sunday with: Nancy Pickard

by Diana Reese

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