Father of the Rain: A Novel

Father of the Rain: A Novel

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by Lily King
     
 

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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 Nixon is being impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated

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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 Nixon is being impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated.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 eleven 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802197085
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
141,126
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

LILY KING is the author of two previous novels, The Pleasing Hour and The English Teacher. The Pleasing Hour was a New York Times Notable Book, an alternate for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. The English Teacher was a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Book of the Year, a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and winner of the Maine Fiction Award. King is also the recipient of a Whiting Award. She lives in Maine with her husband and children.

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Father of the Rain 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 43 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written.inspirational...makes one think and understand a father and daughter relationship..especially those who have been surrounded by alcholics in their life.a personal insightful journey that hits closer to home than many of us want to admit...I love how the book is divided into the different eras of Daylee's life....We understand so much in the conclusion and how Daylee's life with her parents has created a strong woman, mother, wife and daughter...she's a giver and her father is a giver in his own world...Daylee and her brother, Garvey, carry the bits of love they do remember and tie their hearts to those strings to propel them into functional adult lives. I loved it...
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Page turner with such a unique style and story...and an ending that floored me. 
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Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK, THE ENDING DID NOT DISAPPOINT ME. A DIVORCE, EVEN A FRIENDLY ONE HURTS THE FAMILY AND THE CHILDREN ALWAYS FEEL TORN BETWEEN BOTH PARENTS. DALEY'S LOYALTY TOWARDS HER FATHER WAS HEARTBREAKING, A FATHER IS ALWAYS A LITTLE GIRLS HERO.
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MJohnmay291958 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I've read this year, It will have you wanting more, you will love this story of a daughters unconditional love for her father!
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Beautifully written, heartbreaking novel
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Girlysailor More than 1 year ago
This book focuses on the relationship of a Daughter and her Father...and had me reflecting on how I was raised - and how I raised my children. The main character had me so in love with her - as a young girl I wanted to wrap my arms around her and protect her; as a young woman I wanted to set her free from her emotional bonds to an abusive father. Great read from start to finish...you wont be dissappointed.
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