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Lullaby for the Rain Girl

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
At age 36, Ben Fall is a man in torment. Overstressed, out of shape, in the middle of a bitter divorce, and carrying a secret that weighs heavily on his psyche, he's convinced he's a failure. He can hardly get out of bed in the morning to make his way to the high school where he teaches English. But suddenly one gray afternoon, a mousy, nondescript new girl appears in his ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Dark Regions Press (first published 2012)
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Sep 03, 2012 Roberta rated it it was amazing
Lullaby for Rain Girl is one of my top five reads so far this year along with two other works by Christopher Conlon (Matrix of Angels and Midnight on Mourn Street). An amazingly engaging storyteller, Conlon presents the reader with characters so real, raw, flawed, and provocative, one can’t help staying along with them through to the quietly powerful end. At times wry, elegiac, curious, eerie, mysterious, and luminous, he writes a literary novel for the mainstream as well as genre reader. He ...more
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Mar 19, 2012 J.w. Schnarr rated it really liked it
There’s something about the rain that draws us to it. It’s dark, and its cold wet fingers draw heat from us like feeding leeches. We run from it and rush toward it in alternating breaths, between layered moments reminding us of the cold of death and vibrancy of life.

Christopher Conlon’s newest book, Lullaby for the Rain Girl (Dark Regions Press) achieves a similar state. It is a melancholy walk in the rain, a blanket of sadness that somehow affirms life even as death is approaching. The result i
John Palisano
Aug 04, 2012 John Palisano rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely gorgeous story. Lyrical and haunting, the Rain Girl worked her way inside my head and heart just as she did to Ben, the man in the story. At first, I believed this was a collection of short fiction. It is its own story, however, there are a few stories within the story that are captivating and tie into the main story. This isn't done often, and it felt very much like a modern day fairy tale. The closest feeling would be 'Pan's Labyrinth'. A very dark side of humanity is ...more
Trev Twinem
Nov 12, 2015 Trev Twinem rated it liked it
Part fantasy story about the life of Benjamin Fall, mid 30's teacher wasted opportunities and regrets. There are stories within the main story and they make for good reading. The threads and ideas come together in the final pages for a "happy" but in my opinion shallow conclusion.
Benjamin Ethridge
May 25, 2012 Benjamin Ethridge rated it it was amazing
I have the feeling that when Conlon sets out to write a piece of fiction he aims for an emotionally haunting experience with fully realized characters. "Lullaby for the Rain Girl" is no exception. Emotional, oh yeah. Haunting, quite. And his characterization reaches a depth beyond what most consider excellent for genre.

In Lullaby this is especially so; Conlon surgically removes his main character Benjamin Fall's internals, deftly examines the various organs and their attachments to the biology a
Aug 13, 2016 Eduardo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Conlon you made me miss my bus stop! Twice! That's when I know a book is really good, I was so submerged in the story that I had to walk a few stops to get back home.
I can't believe I've had this one on the waiting list for so long, but that's books, you never know what you're going to get.
In fact, when upon reading the first 50 or so pages I thought OK a straight ghost story, might be fun, and that's it. But imagine my surprise when it turned out to be about love! Yes, I admit that
Oct 31, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
I'm loving each Conlon novel more than the last, and they're all five-stars (I'll need more stars!). This one dug deeply into my emotional soul, and fascinated me with its creation of a supernatural creature unlike any I've ever known. Most highest recommendation.
Sep 15, 2012 Bruce rated it really liked it
A bit longer than it needed to be, but still a compelling read with richly drawn characters and an intense narrative.
James Campbell
May 13, 2013 James Campbell rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read this was. This was my first Conlon book, and probably not my last.

The story had everything, mystique, drama, sadness, love.....and in what seems to be a theme of most "horror/dark fiction" sex too.

The author takes the reading through a full range of emotions, and scenarios from a young boy growing up into a grown man, who questions his current lifestyle, and maybe even choices he made through the years. The Rain Girl helps him to reflect on his past, present, and future.
May 11, 2013 Jta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jamie
A very well written novel that at times is sad, yet also puts you in the main characters reflections of his life and how things could have been.
Heather Bates
Dec 08, 2015 Heather Bates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - really different and really well written.
Rob Slaven
Nov 10, 2013 Rob Slaven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, horror
Firstly, and as usual, I didn't pay anything for this book. It arrived at my doorstep via the good graces of a GoodReads giveaway. Despite that kind consideration I give my candid opinions below.

I'd put this book in the genre of concentric psychological horror. The main character is a published novelist and short-story writer and his stories appear as brief vignettes within the main body of the work. I assume that these stories are examples of Conlon's own short story work. So this is a novel th
May 31, 2014 Lkai rated it really liked it
Interesting concept. Well written, I like the stories and poems within the novel. It could have been a bit darker.
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