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Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2010: There's an emotional heft to Father of the Rain that comes not in the form of high drama, but in the feel of its characters. Daley Amory is an acute and attentive witness to her parents' divorce, which coincides with the larger dissolution of Nixon's presidency--itself a particularly appropriate historical counterpoint for a novel that explores how fiercely parents and children can polarize. Daley's father, Gardiner, is a jovial but capricious blue-blood New Englander, an alcoholic whose behavior is increasingly erratic and punishing to the point that Daley finally breaks away--in spite of how much she loves him--for much of her adult life. She is resilient, a woman you can respect but also challenge, and her love is (ultimately, amazingly) uncomplicated and true. The award-winning author of two previous novels, Lily King has long been admired for her deft, graceful characterization, and in no novel is this more evident than Father of the Rain. She takes on difficult characters but never vilifies them, choosing instead to seek out the feelings they shield, raise them up, and set them free. --Anne Bartholomew --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Whiting Award–winner King (The English Teacher) captures with easy strokes the bold and dangerous personalities lurking inside the mundane frame of domestic drama. Her third novel, narrated by the clear-eyed daughter of an alcoholic father, follows their evolving relationship. The opening scene-- with 11-year-old Daley and her father wreaking delirious havoc by streaking naked at a martini-fueled pool party in the sleepy Boston suburbs-- brims with Daley's love for her father and desire for connection with him, but is also tinged with the repercussions of a charismatic man divorced from the role of parenthood, unlike Daley's socially responsible mother. Daley watches her father's continued degradation, but after years of self-imposed cultural and emotional distance from him--she flourishes at Berkeley and builds a loving, stable relationship with an African-American man she knows her Waspish father will despise--she eventually returns to her father's side after he is no longer capable of living alone. While Daley's perfect romance with her strapping, intelligent suitor is simplistic though sensual, King's latest is original and deftly drawn, the work of a master psychological portraitist.
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I enjoyed remembering how much I wanted to save my own dad from the bottle. Well written and more importantly very moving.Published 14 days ago by Djan Stewart
I just could not get into this book. I expected more from the glowing reviews. Very quickly I started skipping pages hoping to land on something with more teeth but eventually... Read morePublished 3 months ago by eastcoast
I think Lily King is a fantastic writer and while this wasn't as good as Euphoria (which I've recommended to everyone I know), I quite enjoyed this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bookworm
I have loved Lily King's other books and this one is no exception.Published 4 months ago by Lynn Larsen
I have now read all four of Lily King's books, starting with the most recent Euphoria, and she is my current favorite contemporary writer! Read morePublished 4 months ago by L. Halabe
Some good writing if you like stories about the damage alcoholics do to their loved ones and, of course, themselves. The title makes no sense at all.Published 4 months ago by M. Lang