When Elsa's father is killed in a tornado, all she wants is to escape - from New York, her job, her boyfriend - to somewhere new, anonymous, set apart.
For some years she has been haunted by a sight once seen from an aeroplane: a tiny, isolated settlement called Thunderstown.
Thunderstown has received many a pilgrim, and young Elsa becomes its latest - drawn to this weather-ravaged backwater, this place rendered otherworldly by the superstitions of its denizens.
In Thunderstown, they say, the weather can come to life and when Elsa meets Finn Munro, an outcast living in the mountains above the town, she wonders whether she has witnessed just that. For Finn has an incredible secret: he has a thunderstorm inside of him.
Not everyone in town wants happiness for Elsa and Finn. As events turn against them, can they weather the tempest - can they survive at all?
The Man Who Rained is a work of lyrical, mercurial magic and imagination, a modern-day fable about the elements of love.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/01/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857890320
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Review by kmstock
Despite the fact that I hate romances, I quite enjoyed this book. It's a story about a woman who visits a mysterious town in which people and animals can be somehow integrated with the weather. I don't want to give it all away, but I thought it was well down, and compelling, until the end, when it got a bit silly and went too far. I think the key to good magical realism is getting the right blend between the magical and the real, so you can't quite tell where one starts and one ends, and this was done well for most of the book, but not the last few chapters. Still worth a read though.