Daley Amory is eleven years old when her parents split up, leaving her torn between two worlds. While her mother thrives in her new life, her father loses control of his - often seeking solace in the contents of his liquor cabinet. But the more he drinks, the more unpleasant he becomes, and as Daley grows up she watches him transform from the ...
Daley Amory is eleven years old when her parents split up, leaving her torn between two worlds. While her mother thrives in her new life, her father loses control of his - often seeking solace in the contents of his liquor cabinet. But the more he drinks, the more unpleasant he becomes, and as Daley grows up she watches him transform from the charismatic father of her childhood, into a bitter and manipulative drunk. The older she gets, the more clearly she understands that any aspirations of her own will suffocate if she stays in her Waspish hometown, in thrall to her father's malign influence. College offers an escape route - and Daley grabs it. There, she grows into a remarkable young woman and a passionate academic; and when she meets Jonathan, she slowly begins to trust him with her heart. But when she receives news that the other man in her life - her father - is all alone and losing the will to live, past and present suddenly come crashing in around hr. Yet again Daley faces a terrible dilemma: Should she return to the messy scene of her childhood - or follow her heart and embrace the future she has worked so very hard to build? Provocative and masterfully told, Father of the Rain is a spellbinding journey into the emotional and magnetic pull of families.
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Publishers Weekly, 2010-05-24 Whiting Award-winner King (The English Teacher) captures with easy strokes the bold and dangerous personalities lurking inside the mundane frame of domestic drama. Her third novel, narrated by the clear-eyed daughter of an alcoholic father, follows their evolving relationship. The opening scene- with 11-year-old Daley and her father wreaking delirious havoc by streaking naked at a martini-fueled pool party in the sleepy Boston suburbs- brims with Daley's love for her father and desire for connection with him, but is also tinged with the repercussions of a charismatic man divorced from the role of parenthood, unlike Daley's socially responsible mother. Daley watches her father's continued degradation, but after years of self-imposed cultural and emotional distance from him-she flourishes at Berkeley and builds a loving, stable relationship with an African-American man she knows her Waspish father will despise-she eventually returns to her father's side after he is no longer capable of living alone. While Daley's perfect romance with her strapping, intelligent suitor is simplistic though sensual, King's latest is original and deftly drawn, the work of a master psychological portraitist. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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