A novel by Peter Gadol, this is 'a dark, seductive novel' that attempts some wonderful things and simultaneously delivers or fails, depending on who you ask and which reviews you read.

Jason is a lawyer who has lost his job, his wife, everything. In the usual sort of despair he heads to an old family vineyard deep in the Californian wine region. There, he pulls himself together and through obsessional hard work he gains back self respect. His family return, he has a new job and a new passion in his winemaking, and he becomes part of the valley community.

Jason, however, is still restless, and drives maniacally for hours in the night until inevitably he hits and kills a local boy. Without admitting his own guilt, he takes on the defense of the drifter convicted of the hit and run.

The novel's premise isn't a bad one, but it remains merely a premise...hinges on inaction and a narrative tone that is lugubrious. After pages and pages of Jason's dithering, there's a brief episode ...toward the end of the book...raising the reader's hopes. But Jason persists in being an unredeemed bore. We can only yawn and agree when he admits, "Little made sense to me. Nothing added up."

Excerpt from a N.Y. Times Book Review

Hrm. I liked the premise very much, and I did not find the narrative to be boring, nor excessive, nor slow in the slightest. Unrushed and serious at the same time, perhaps. Evenly paced, even.

The Long Rain is a good book. It has a steady, measured pace and Gadol plays a bit with the reader's expectations. The depiction of Jason's life are so real that you almost feel the crushing weight of the guilt he bears and the choices he makes. It is a little pathetic to see the vines flourish and suffer in reflection of Jason's changing fortunes, but the author makes it work. The end, too, may be fairly foreseeable but the valley roads that take you there are not and Gadol is good at painting complex motivations of human beings.