Adult Fiction KING
Summary: From the award-winning author of "The English Teacher" comes her most ambitious novel yet. King sets her sharply insightful family drama in an upper-middle-class suburb, where she traces a complex and explosive father-daughter relationship from the 1970s to the present day. Its a story, told over 40 years, of a small town family, mostly centered around one woman and her father. It is told through the eyes, and mind of Daley, who was born into a typical uptight, New England family in the 60's, where alcoholism, racism, sexism, and just about any other "ism" you could think of was rampant. We follow Daley from a small child, and her impressions of her life, through teen years, college and post college, into her late 20s, and then into her 40s. The early part of the book sets the stage for the family's issues and Daley's early influences. The latter part of the book is centered around the very complex relationship Daley has with her father.
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Father is an alcoholic; parents are divorced; spent the first eleven years of her life inbetween her parent's conflicted lives; longed to connect with her father; graduated from Berkeley; dating an African-American man; returned to her father's side when he is no longer capapble of living alone.