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Father of the Rain

A Novel

by Lily King

Father of the Rain
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  • First Published:
    Jul 2010, 384 pages
    Paperback:
    May 2011, 368 pages

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Beverly Melven

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From the author of The English Teacher, a novel that spans three decades of a volatile relationship between a frighteningly charismatic, alcoholic father and the daughter who cannot help but love him

Father of the Rain offers a portrait of an alcoholic parent from the viewpoint of his daughter, Daley. The story begins when Daley is 11, right before her parents' divorce, and follows her until her father's death 25 years later. Both a warning and a tribute to the importance of the relationship between a father and daughter, this novel is a heart-wrenching depiction of the painful influence of this particular parent on a vulnerable child under his care.

This book feels very personal. We see everything from the viewpoint of Daley. She hides the true extent of her father's destructive lifestyle from her mother, but of course is angry at her mother for not protecting her. She hides all of her true thoughts and feelings in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to avoid triggering her father's temper and harsh ridicule.

King does a great job of warning the reader of ...

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