Father of the Rain
Gardener Amory is a New England WASP who is beginning to feel the cracks in his empire. Nixon is about to be impeached, his wife is leaving him, and his worldview is rapidly ...more
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This is the honest and painful story of the tumultuous deterioration of a father-daughter's relationship after divorce; seen at three stages in the daughter's life. Richard Russo said this was was haunting and it truly is. It's vivid and it's painful.
Gardiner Amory is a WASP and, in my opinion, a 'controlled' alcoholic. As he drinks, he goes through all the expected manifestations; he's funny, spiteful, mean and then sleepy. His world is turned upside down when his wife leaves him, taking ...more
To the author’s credit, it never comes across as a moralistic primer for Al-Anon. It was quite dramatic with textured characterizations so real that even Gardiner Amory, Daley’s alcoholic and ...more
Daley Amory is eleven when her mother, weary of her husband's philandering and filled with a sense of possibility that the fiery political landscape allowed women at the time, takes Daley and moves out. ...more
This is the story of Daley's life, her turbulently dysfunctional family and her love and loyalty towards her affluent, often inebriated, prejudice and, at times, abusive father.
Initially, I really did have my doubts about this novel,...more
I love it when the macrocosm is analysed from within the microcosm. Here, the tale of the two Americas - the liberal, intellectual and self-righteous one and ...more
I couldn't really understand his character very well, but I could understand the child's need to have his attention and approval.
The father daughter relationship seemed to say more about the daughter's inadequacy than the father. She was the one who couldn't stay away.
Not bad not ...more
But for Daley Amory, the main character of Lily King’s poignant and at times heartbreaking Father of the Rain, those words are anything but funny. We meet her as an 11-year-old, torn between the liberal and do-good world of her mother and the conservative, erratic, liquor-soaked world of her charismatic and arrogant father. A WASP of the first-degree – rich, ...more
Speaking of exasperation, I have to admit that I felt a little ...more
Father of the Rain carries us through Daley Armory's life starting at age 11 when her parents tumutulous marriage dissolves and young Daley must share time between the two. The book is split ...more
Amazon describes Father of the Rain as "Father of the Rain is a spellbinding journey into the emotional complexities and magnetic pull of family"; I could not agree more. This book left me full and satisfied.
There's an emotional heft to this book which take place in New England at a time when Nixon is being impeached and an 11 year old girl watches her martini fueled father streak across their ...more
The book chronicles the life of a young girl's complicated relationship with her alcoholic father, starting in the early seventies, on through her adulthood.
All I could get was that both her parents needed a reality check and a trip to AA, and her older brother was a complete ass.
Flipping my way through the remainder of the book, I saw more of what I had already seen.
I'm glad this was a library book. ...more
Daley Gardner is eleven years old when her mother decides to leave her alcoholic father. The story revolves around three periods of Daley’s life following her parent’s bitter divorce: child of an alcoholic, adult child of an alcoholic and adult recovering from the effects of alcoholism.
Amazing, intense and insightful. I occasionally had to stop reading to relax my muscles and remind myself to breathe. Highly recommend.