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Father of the Rain by Lily King
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Sep 13, 11

Read from September 10 to 13, 2011

I adored this book. A gorgeous, heart-wrenching but never sentimental journey through the agony of dysfunctional family love. The story begins as a coming of age story, set within a Nixon-era marital split (pretty familiar territory for me!) and then takes a couple of big jumps in time, eventually covering the entire span of Daley's complicated, compelling and fraught relationship with her impossible, magnetic father--an alcoholic relic from New England conservative aristocracy. Daley yearns painfully for the love of this bigger-than-life god of her childhood; so much so that when his life starts to fall apart, she nearly sacrifices her own in an attempt to 'save him,' (which is really an attempt to resurrect some lost and yearning piece of her child-self). A gorgeously written and suspenseful tale about the pull between family love and individual freedom. I wish I'd written this, and will be reading everything I can get my hands on by Lily King!
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