At age 36, Ben Fall is a man in torment. Overstressed, out of shape, in the middle of a bitter divorce, and carrying a secret that weighs heavily on his psyche, he's convinced he's a failure. He can hardly get out of bed in the morning to make his way to the high school where he teaches English. But suddenly one gray afternoon, a mousy, nondescript new girl appears in his classroom. She seems fascinated by everything he says and does--disturbingly so. Yet, though she gazes obsessively at him and hangs on his every word, she won't even tell him her name...just that she's "The Rain Girl." Who is she? Where does she come from? What does she want?
"We could call this book a 'contemporary metaphysical mystery' or a 'modern fantasy,' but it's far more...Lullaby for the Rain Girl resonates like the Expat Paris of Hemingway in A Moveable Feast and the 1960s College Crazy of Richard Farina's Been Down So Long Looks Like Up To Me: detailed recall of 'what was' interwoven with 'what should have been.' There's a rough 20th century romanticism, too, something like Richard Matheson's sensibility filtered through Henry Miller's libidinous viewpoint. It gives us the hauntings of not-quite-ghosts, lingering regrets and remembrances, and the documentation of the results of not so wise but always human choices. It is one hell of a story told by one hell of a writer, a novel that feels more evocatively true than many memoirs." - Mort Castle, author of Moon on the Water and The Strangers
"This powerful novel is both innovative and a fine example of world-class storytelling: it's about life and the restless shadows it casts; it's about death and ghosts who aren't ghosts. Gripping, nuanced, and deep, Conlon's novel delivers." - John Shirley, author of Bleak History and In Extremis
|Publisher:||Dark Regions Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)|
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I don't read to be enlightened. I read to be entertained. Christopher Conlon's novels deliver on that promise every time. He's an incredible story teller. He's also an incredible writer, and as such, I always walk away from his novels shaking my head, forever changed -- ENLIGHTENED, if you will, despite my best efforts to avoid it. In "Lullaby for the Rain Girl," Conlon creates a rich cast of characters for us to root for (and lament). Some of those characters might even remind you a bit of yourself, if you dare look closely enough. Conlon has a nasty habit of turning the mirrors on us and asking, "Do you like what you see?" Not that it matters, because as he constantly reminds us, "You can never go back." If there's a theme to "Lullaby for the Rain Girl," it's simply that at the end of the day, we aren't all that different from one another; we all lead lives of "quiet desperation." It's the unfortunate and irrevocable result of being human. On its surface, "Rain Girl" is a supernatural suspense story (a darned good one!) that will keep you turning the pages. So many questions... Who is this mysterious Rain Girl, and what does she want? Is she a ghost? An angel? Has she come on her own, or did somebody send her? Or has she been summoned by Benjamin, himself? Will she prove to be a harbinger of doom? Or his saving Grace?