Father of the RainLarge Print - 2010
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First person account of a daughter witnessesing the slow, relentless destruction of her father from alcoholism. Broken into 3 narrative parts, the first was my favorite - her life as an 11-yr-old when her parents split, her mother having had enough. Part 2 claims the bulk of the narrative, as a mid-20s Daley derails her own life to try to help her father after his second marriage collapses. This was rather frustrating, and I can't help but think that every reader is thinking, "NO! NO!, get in the car and drive away!" but of course, she doesn't, just like the girl in the horror movie heads barefoot into the basement in her nightgown with only a candle. Part 3 concludes in a semi-satisfying way, but this author's strength is not in the story so much as the way she tells it. Some delicious prose here, and I'd give her another shot.
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