Father of the Rain 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… Father of the Rain 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… 2010-07-06 Fiction Atlantic Monthly Press
Book Review

Father of the Rain (2010)

Lily King | Father of the Rain by Lily King
Father of the Rain by Lily King
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Jul 06, 2010; Writer: Lily King; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

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

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Originally posted Jul 13, 2010 Published in issue #1112 Jul 23, 2010 Order article reprints
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