The Rain Ascends

The Rain Ascends

Book - 2003
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In Joy Kogawa's masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers that her father, a respected Anglican priest, has long been a sexual abuser of boys. Originally published to critical acclaim in 1995, The Rain Ascends has been revisited by the author, with substantive additions to the end of the narrative that bring to fruition the heroine's struggle for forgiveness and redemption.

As a middle-aged mother, Millicent is confronted with the secrets of her father's past as she recalls certain events in her childhood-a childhood that, on the surface, was a blissful one. Disbelief turns to confusion as she faces up to the sins of her father and wrestles with a legacy of lies, silence and her own embattled conscience.

In The Rain Ascends, Joy Kogawa beautifully sifts the truth from the past and the sinner from the perceived saint. The result is a sensitive, poetic, yet searing depiction of the wounds left by abuse and the redemption brought by truth.

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin, c2003
ISBN: 9780143013204
Branch Call Number: KOGAW
Characteristics: 234 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 27, 2017

My first book read by this Author and was a bit disappointing . The storyline was good but the writing in parts went on and on too much for my liking . Did not like the ending very much , would have liked it to have been more definite in what happened . Will give this Author another try though and see if her other books are better.

WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

A searing account of one woman's struggle to come to terms with the fact that her beloved father, an admired and well-respected minister in a small prairie town, is also a molester of young boys. An achingly poignant and haunting story, beautifully written.

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