The End of the Day
From the New York Times bestselling, Booker-longlisted author of Did You Ever Have a Family
‘Fabulously rich and compelling’ Daily Mail
Following his acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg returns with a profoundly moving, emotionally resonant second novel about the complicated bonds and breaking points of family and friendship. The End of the Day is an exploration of class and power, the corrosive force of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgiveness.
A retired widow in rural Connecticut wakes to an unexpected visit from her childhood best friend whom she hasn’t seen in forty-nine years.
A man arrives at a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania hotel to introduce his estranged father to his newborn daughter and finds him collapsed on the floor of the lobby.
A sixty-seven-year-old taxi driver in Kauai receives a phone call from the mainland that jars her back to a traumatic past.
These seemingly disconnected lives come together as half-century-old secrets begin to surface.
Deeply observed and beautifully written in Bill Clegg’s signature ‘eloquent, elegant voice’ (Entertainment Weekly), the novel is a feat of storytelling, capturing sixty years within the framework of one fateful day.
Clegg tantalisingly reveals the clues that connect the characters to each other. A gripping read. * Psychologies * A declining heiress returns home for the first time in decades, but can't remember why. Her former maid's daughter runs a taxi company in Hawaii. Her aunt is left with a baby whose parents have vanished. Leave it to Clegg to brilliantly bind these threads. * Entertainment Weekly * Clegg delivers a thoughtful, well-observed story... The splendid prose and orchestrated maneuvering will keep readers turning the pages and send them back to the beginning, to read it all over again. * Publishers Weekly * A moody, atmospheric domestic drama with a mystery novel somewhere in its family tree. * Kirkus Reviews * Written in lyrical, beautiful prose that makes even waking up seem like a poetic event, The End of the Day makes sense of the events of a single day in a compelling work of fiction. * GMA.com * Fabulously rich and compelling. * Daily Mail * A writer with a profound comprehension of emotional destruction, loss and redemption... Clegg is a gimlet-eyed observer and is masterly at deftly sucking in the readers as he fashions an emotional tsunami into a profound, mesmerizing description. -- Francesca Angelini * Sunday Times * Reading The End of the Day is like studying a stained-glass window up close, each piece bright and sharply cut, but when you step back and see it as a whole you discover a large, beautiful, mysterious work of art. -- David Ebershoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
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