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Father of the Rain (MP3 CD)
July 2010 Indie Next List
“Told loosely over four decades, Father of the Rain is the story of Daley and her complicated and sometimes painful relationship with her alcoholic father. We are taken up with each step of her path as she moves from recognition of the problem to anger and defiance, to wanting to be the savior and, finally, acceptance. All of this is masterfully woven in the beautiful prose of author Lily King.”
— Kathleen Costello, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
Prize-winning author Lily King's masterful new novel spans three decades of a volatile relationship between a charismatic, alcoholic father and the daughter who loves him. Gardiner Amory is a New England WASP who's beginning to feel the cracks in his empire. Nixon is being impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated. His daughter, Daley, has spent the first 11 years of her life negotiating her parents' conflicting worlds: the liberal, socially committed realm of her mother and the conservative, decadent, liquor-soaked life of her father. But when they divorce, and Gardiner's basest impulses are unleashed, the chasm quickly widens, and Daley is stretched thinly across it. As she reaches 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 home by the dream of getting her father sober, Daley risks everything she's found beyond him, including her new love, Jonathan, in an attempt to repair a trust broken years ago. A provocative story of one woman's lifelong loyalty to her father, Father of the Rain is a spellbinding journey into the emotional complexities and magnetic pull of family.