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 Nixon is being impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated.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

©2010 Lily King. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Marjorie
  • Quincy, CA, United States
  • 06-26-16

How Far Will an Adult-Child Go To Please a Parent?

I found this book fascinating for its in depth look into the lives of not only the main character, Daley, but also of her father and all those involved in Daley's life. Daley is a young adult with a top-notch education behind her when she becomes involved in "helping" her father who is a die-hard alcoholic who has always been able to keep-up-appearances in his community. In this novel, Daley reveals the lengths to which an adult-child will continue to try to mold a parent into the parent that he/she always wanted. This is not a trivial novel by any means. It is multi-faceted delving into the life of the '50's man who is lost to himself for many reasons. His personality is one I am all too familiar with. This is a "coming of age" novel for the daughter of a broken and alcoholic family. Two thumbs up. Lily King is a gifted writer. Cassandra Campbell narrating was superb (as always). It was a pleasure to listen to this novel, transporting. I recommend this novel for readers/listeners who enjoy in-depth character development and real life inner turmoil presented with great understanding and color. It's all in the family!

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