Rain Dragon by Jon Raymond

58%

12 Critic Reviews

The book’s most compelling question remains open, inconclusive and as unsettled as the characters’ lives.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Damon and his girlfriend Amy have had enough of Los Angeles. Fitful and tired and dreaming of a simpler life, they leave the city to go work on a community farm. But they've scarcely arrived when their vague hopes start to come unraveled: What are they really doing here? Who are their friends? Are they truly testing themselves, or are they just chasing a fantasy that will never be fulfilled? By degrees, they realize that their dreams are not the same. For Damon, a career in the field of branding unfolds almost effortlessly, while for Amy, the menial labor of the farm leads to a satisfying but difficult new path. As the rift deepens, they are forced to evaluate fundamental questions of identity and fate, ambition and betrayal, compromise and lust. This novel is a fresh, searching story about the love of work and the work of love, and the life destinies that we sadly only recognize in retrospect.
 

About Jon Raymond

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Jon Raymond is the author of the novel The Half-Life, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2004, and the short story collection Livability, winner of the 2009 Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. He is the writer of several films, including Wendy and Lucy and Meek's Cutoff, and cowriter of the Emmy-nominated screenplay for the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. Raymond's writing has appeared in Bookforum, Artforum, Tin House, the Village Voice, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his family.
 
Published April 24, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Rain Dragon
All: 12 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Below average
May 01 2012

The book’s most compelling question remains open, inconclusive and as unsettled as the characters’ lives.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

There’s pleasure to be derived from his meticulous observations of how systems work and people think.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Carolyn Kellogg on May 06 2012

I wanted to know what Damon was feeling... I wanted him to think, with greater urgency, about why he was doing what he was doing, and what it meant.

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Oregon Live

Excellent
Reviewed by J Santen on Apr 21 2012

The result is a compelling and quintessentially Cascadian novel.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Upchurch on May 06 2012

Raymond's eye for the passive-aggressive dynamic between these two couldn't be better drawn...

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Book Buzz

Below average
Reviewed by Teresa Cook on Jun 26 2012

...not very sympathetic or interesting characters... The book blurb called this a fresh and searching story, but I wasn’t impressed.

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Coachella Valley Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Heidi Simmons on Jun 19 2012

Rain Dragon is full of fun, interesting and unusual characters.

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Time Out Chicago

Excellent
Reviewed by Scott Stealey on May 24 2012

The result makes for an honest narrative about the nature of finding meaning in today’s culture by doing something new.

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Tzer Island

Below average
Apr 13 2012

Rain Dragon has its moments, but not enough moments to earn a strong recommendation.

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Chicks Dig Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jen on Mar 12 2012

It had a very promising and interesting premise, but I started losing interest about a third of the way through.

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The Story Girl

Below average
Jun 12 2012

Rain Dragon could still have left the ending open to interpretation with a less tenuous plot.

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Fanzine

Good
Reviewed by Donal Mosher on Apr 19 2012

...this too is a story where location and character motivation are inseparable.

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