Father of the Rain
[a Novel]Book - 2010
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 Nixon is being impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly becoming outdated.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 eleven 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.
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First person account of a daughter witnessesing the slow, relentless destruction of her father from alcoholism. Broken into 3 narrative parts, the first was my favorite - her life as an 11-yr-old when her parents split, her mother having had enough. Part 2 claims the bulk of the narrative, as a mid-20s Daley derails her own life to try to help her father after his second marriage collapses. This was rather frustrating, and I can't help but think that every reader is thinking, "NO! NO!, get in the car and drive away!" but of course, she doesn't, just like the girl in the horror movie heads barefoot into the basement in her nightgown with only a candle. Part 3 concludes in a semi-satisfying way, but this author's strength is not in the story so much as the way she tells it. Some delicious prose here, and I'd give her another shot.
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