Lily King’s first two novels were so finely spun they seemed almost ethereal, but Father of the Rain is a big, powerful punch of a novel, a gripping epic about a father and daughter that plumbs the dark side of a family riven by addiction and mental illness. Daley Amory’s blustering, martini-soaked dad veers between kindness (singing to her in ”a low voice scraped out by cigarettes and all the yelling he does”) and brutality (when she asks, sadly, where a beloved new puppy is, he snarls, ”It was the ugliest goddamn dog I ever saw”). There’s something so raw and affecting about Daley’s love for her damaged father that the book will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished it. A
Father of the RainLily King's first two novels were so finely spun they seemed almost ethereal, but Father of the Rain is a big, powerful punch of a novel,...Father of the RainFictionLily KingLily King's first two novels were so finely spun they seemed almost ethereal, but Father of the Rain is a big, powerful punch of a novel,...2010-07-20Atlantic Monthly Press
Father of the Rain by Lily King
Genre: Fiction; Author: Lily King; Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Posted July 20 2010 — 12:00 AM EDT
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