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Father of the Rain by Lily King
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Mar 11, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, i-read-grown-up-books-too
Read in March, 2011

Lily King traces the story of Daley Amory in three parts. The first part tells Daley's parents divorce from her 11-year old perspective. She loves her father and her mother and doesn't understand either their break up or their problems. After earning her PhD, Daley makes a short visit home and realizes the depths of her father's issues in life. Most stories stop here, after a character makes a difficult choice. But King continues the novel into a third part, ending with Daley looking back on her relationship with her father and making peace with her choices.

I didn't enjoy the first part of the novel very much -- Daley's voice as an 11-year old was frustrating to me. Her parents clearly have problems and I didn't feel that I was learning about the mom, dad, or even really Daley. The novel picked up for me once Daley moved into adulthood. Getting through the first part is well worth it and provides a lot of meaningful context to the rest of the story.

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