Father of the Rain

Father of the Rain

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Prize-winning author Lily King's masterful new novel spans three decades of a volatile relationship between a frighteningly charismatic, alcoholic father and the daughter who cannot help but love him.
Gardener Amory is a New England WASP who is beginning to feel the cracks in his empire. Nixon is about to be impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated. His daughter, Daley, has spent the first eleven years of her life carefully negotiating her parents’ conflicting worlds: the liberal, socially committed realm of her mother, and the conservative, liquor-soaked life of her father. But when they divorce, and Gardiner’s basest impulses are unleashed, the chasm quickly widens and Daley feels herself stretched thinly across it.
As she grows into adulthood, Daley rejects the narrow world that nourished her father’s fears and prejudices, and embarks on her own separate life—until he hits rock bottom. Lured back home by the dream of getting her father sober and rebuilding a trust that was broken years ago, Daley risks losing everything she has found beyond him, including her new love, Jonathan, who represents so much of what Daley’s father claims to hate, and who has given her so much of what he could never provide.
Intimate in its detail yet epic in range, Father of the Rain is a raw, compelling journey into the emotional complexities, mercurial contours, and magnetic pull of family. It is also the stunning portrait of a deeply complex man and his daughter’s fierce, primal attachment to him.

Title:Father of the Rain
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802119490
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    Father of the Rain Reviews

  • Debbie

    Oh brother, here I am again, sitting all by myself. Don't listen to me, I’m Debbie Downer. Everyone thinks this book is the greatest thing since sliced bread—yeah, sliced bread is pretty great but...

  • Jennifer

    Lily King hits me right where I remain a little girl, and makes me see how we all stay young in certain places. It feels simple and embarrassing, and I sometimes rail against her. But most of the time...

  • Jen

    This story started with a strong heart beat then somewhere in the middle, flatlined. There were a few desperate beats thereafter, but alas, it was too late. After having loved Euphoria, I was thrilled...

  • B the BookAddict

    This is the honest and painful story of the tumultuous deterioration of a father-daughter's relationship after divorce; seen at three stages in the daughter's life. Richard Russo said this was was hau...

  • Carol

    This book was such a surprise. This is a fascinating, perceptive and skillfully written view of a love/hate relationship between an alcoholic father and his only daughter, Daley. She narrates the stor...

  • Chrissie

    This book totally grabbed me--I could not put it down. ME?! How could this be--I am neither a fan of contemporary novels nor of dysfunctional family tales?! What’s going on? What is it that makes th...

  • Julie

    Father of the Rain begins with Nixon's resignation in 1974 and ends with Obama's election in 2008. Those epic, touchstone moments of American culture bookend this intimate epic of an American family, ...

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    “I’m not sure he has any idea who I am, but I’m glad I’m here.” “He knows. He’s missed you.” I don’t know that I believe her, but I’ve missed him too. We missed each other. We aime...

  • switterbug (Betsey)

    I held onto this book for over ten years before reading it, and spent the last several days installed in this engrossing, beautiful, tender and unsentimental novel about the family we create, and the ...

  • Carol

    "Once upon a time a beautiful lady lived with a handsome man in a big house near the sea. They had two lovely children, a boy and a girl. But the beautiful lady was not happy, and one day she took the...