Father of the Rain

Lily King, Grove/Atlantic, $24 (368p) ISBN 9780-8021-1949-0
Whiting Award–winner King (The English Teacher) captures with easy strokes the bold and dangerous personalities lurking inside the mundane frame of domestic drama. Her third novel, narrated by the clear-eyed daughter of an alcoholic father, follows their evolving relationship. The opening scene— with 11-year-old Daley and her father wreaking delirious havoc by streaking naked at a martini-fueled pool party in the sleepy Boston suburbs— brims with Daley's love for her father and desire for connection with him, but is also tinged with the repercussions of a charismatic man divorced from the role of parenthood, unlike Daley's socially responsible mother. Daley watches her father's continued degradation, but after years of self-imposed cultural and emotional distance from him—she flourishes at Berkeley and builds a loving, stable relationship with an African-American man she knows her Waspish father will despise—she eventually returns to her father's side after he is no longer capable of living alone. While Daley's perfect romance with her strapping, intelligent suitor is simplistic though sensual, King's latest is original and deftly drawn, the work of a master psychological portraitist. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/24/2010
Release date: 07/01/2010
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Hardcover - 479 pages - 978-1-60285-865-7
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