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The End of the Day ❮Reading❯ ➺ The End of the Day Author Bill Clegg – Following his acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg returns with a deeply moving, emotionally resonant second novel about the complicated bonds and breaking point Following his acclaimed of the PDF ↠ New York Times bestseller, Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg returns with a deeply moving, emotionally resonant second novel about the complicated bonds and breaking points of friendship, the corrosive forces of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgivenessA retired widow in rural Connecticut wakes to The End Kindle - an unexpected visit from her childhood best friend whom she hasn’t seen in fortynine years A man arrives at a Pennsylvania hotel to introduce his estranged father to his newborn daughter and finds him collapsed on the floor of the lobby A sixtysevenyearold taxi driver in Kauai receives a phone call from the mainland that jars End of the PDF Í her back to a traumatic past These seemingly disconnected lives come together as halfcenturyold secrets begin to surface It is in this moment that Bill Clegg reminds us how choices—to connect, to betray, to protect—become our legacy Deeply observed and beautifully written, this novel is a feat of storytelling, capturing sixty years within the framework of one fateful day.

10 thoughts on “The End of the Day

  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    I loved Bill Clegg’s first novel,
    “Did You Ever Have A Family”.

    Bill Clegg is beautiful writer — he takes us into the minds and hearts of people navigating the unsettling transitions that life presents to us all.

    “To The End Of The Day”, is another quiet reflective book.....with interweaving stories.

    Bill Clegg has a keen insight into people and life situations.
    His characters feel regret, guilt, and sorrow.....
    and he treats them with gentleness and grace...
    characters who have been hurt and betrayed by people they loved.
    So, the character development and believability hit the mark... with my favorite character being Lupita Lopez.
    The imagery was brilliant in places, and the characters were real.
    Humanity is presented as equally fragile and durable...
    although I loved many parts....
    on the whole ... I didn’t quite feel the magic as much as I had wished.

    The strength of Bill’s stories - for me - is relating them to things in my own life.
    If you’ve ever asked yourself why some of our relationships are complicated with people we love .... and how we might find redemption with them - when past memories have been traumatic — this novel allows us to look inside his characters and discover the essence of their humanity - which ultimately has us looking into our own relationships with our family and friends.

    Over six decades - in the framework of one day - a tragic event in the past - with memories of betrayal, disappointments, misunderstandings, and secrets...bring them back together.....
    From Mexico... to Florida... to Connecticut...New York...Pennsylvania...and Kauai...
    family & friendships connect.

    At times I felt like we were just muddling through scenes ...
    The first part was great... but not every story jived for me.

    I’m still interested in reading Bill Clegg again...
    There is a quality to his writing that resonates with me.
    He illuminates the complexity of people burrowing beneath the surface of ordinary lives.

    So although I wasn’t passionately in love with this book in the same way I was
    “Did You Ever Have A Family”....
    I’m still glad I read it.

    3.5 -rating up to 4 stars

    Thank you Netgalley, Gallery/Scout Press, and Bill Clegg

  2. JanB JanB says:

    Bill Clegg has a keen insight into human nature and treats his characters with compassion. His stories and prose touches my heart. I feel for his characters. Their hopes and dreams, their regrets, their pain, and the corrosive nature of long-held secrets and decisions can change lives.

    The characters: Dana, Jackie, and Lupita were childhood friends but have been estranged for 50 years. Hap is a new father who discovers some disturbing news as his father lay dying. To understand how they interconnect requires some patience, but Clegg can and does bring it all together.

    What Bill Clegg did so brilliantly in Did You Ever Have a Family he also does here: he writes beautifully about the inner lives of his characters and he slowly brings these seemingly disparate characters and stories together so that by the end you see the complete picture.

    The story alternates between the present day and 50 years ago. The POV alternates as well between the different characters. The problem for me was I didn’t care much for any of them and struggled to maintain my interest in the story. It pains me to say this but while the writing is an easy 5 stars, the story itself was lacking. By the end, I was left thinking, so what? I need a person to root for and didn't find it here. It's not the author's responsibility to please all his readers, but for me, I found the characters and story lacking while absolutely loving the prose.

    * I received a digital e-book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own

  3. Diane S ☔ Diane S ☔ says:

    We meet five people, from disparate socioeconomic classes. Hear their backstories, and wonder how they all fit together. The story goes from character to character, back and forth in time. In the course of a day, we may find answers.

    Ever since he published Did You Ever Have a Family, this author has been on my watch list. He does a tremendous job with the foibles of family and human nature. Do you remember when your best friend meant everything and you were convinced nothing could tear you apart? Were so very sure you would be friends for life. Two of the characters in this book once thought the same.

    This is a story about the curves life throws at one, about friendship, secrets and ultimately redemption. Decisions one makes that changes not only their life, but others as well. Where ones real priorities lie. Clegg does a good job giving us a set of characters, that while we may not like them all, we can relate to their struggles.

    A good, solid story about the ties that bind.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  4. Paula Paula says:

    I loved Bill Clegg’s novel DID YOU EVER HAVE A FAMILY. A favorite that I will always remember.

    THE END OF THE DAY is similar in that they are both about relationships with family and friends. The book covers sixty years within the framework of one day. It interweaves stories about human nature focusing on estranged relationships. Personally, I could not connect with the characters (I didn’t care for any of them). Nor did the storyline grab me like Clegg’s previous book. However, his writing is still well-crafted.

    3 out of 5 stars

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the ARC of THE END OF THE DAY in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date - September 29, 2020

    Review posted to Goodreads on June 2, 2020

  5. K. Elizabeth K. Elizabeth says:

    The End of the Day is written by Bill Clegg, who up until this point is someone I have not heard of, despite him having written multiple other books. That said, I can see how people love his writing - he really transports his readers into the minds of his characters and allows us to feel their pain and see their thoughts and memories. It’s pretty remarkable.

    While I enjoyed the beginning half of the novel more than the latter half, I still had an overall good experience with this read. My biggest issues stemmed from there being multiple characters with rich backgrounds that made it a little tough to keep track of everything. That, at there were definitely some characters I cared more about than others, making it tempting to just skim through that character's chapters to get to the ones I cared more about. Not that I did.

    This is the sort of book for people who like to connect to their characters, go through the trials of life with them, etc. It’s a highly character-driven novel, in my opinion. And while I normally would say I’m someone who reads books for connection, I had trouble finding it with this novel; even with the characters I cared about. That, in turn, made me feel slightly bored at moments because I couldn’t get over the feeling that I wasn’t truly connecting to anything while reading this.

    Overall, Clegg’s novel is filled with hope, forgiveness, friends, and family. It is about how people's lives connect and disconnect and about so much more, and I think those who enjoy novels about family and friends should give this book a try on June 2, 2020!

    Thank you to Galley Books for reaching out to me personally and sending me a physical copy of this novel, months prior to its release, in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it!

  6. Roxane Roxane says:

    Not my cup of tea. Needs better pacing. Hard to connect to the story.

  7. Christine Christine says:


    Well, I’m giving up at 38%. No star rating as I don’t rate books I don’t finish. I just could not get out of the starting blocks with this one. There was no one really to like. There are a LOT of characters in this book and they aren’t all totally unlikeable, but no one grabbed my heart. And I was confused. A lot. Now some of that may have been do my dilution of concentration these days what with the coronavirus pandemic in its full glory. But gosh, I was having to go back time and time again to remind myself who was who and what their stories were. It just became too much of a challenge and I folded.

    Don’t rely solely on this review to help you decide whether to read the book or not. There are plenty of positive reviews out there so read those too.

    Thank you Net Galley, Gallery/Scout Press, and Mr. Bill Clegg for the opportunity to read an ARC. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.

  8. Doug Doug says:

    4.5, rounded up.

    My sincere thanks to Netgalley & Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an ARC of the book nine months prior to publication, in exchange for this honest and enthusiastic review.

    Bill Clegg's new novel follows several characters bound by blood and/or friendship over a sixty year period, with connections that might not have been obvious on first glance. In fluid prose that is both immersive and propulsive, the intertwined lives of these characters are slowly revealed. In an odd way, the book reminded me a bit of both Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Strout, the first because of the internecine family dramas that both authors revel in, and the second because Clegg also develops well rounded, albeit sometimes contrary, characters. At one point, Clegg invokes the old 60's TV melodrama Peyton Place, and that is another apropos referent, since this also hinges upon small town secrets and intrigue.

    Bill Clegg's first novel Did You Ever Have a Family, nominated for both the Man Booker Prize and National Book Award, was a revelation, and I was sorry when it didn't win either. But his new novel has a chance to rectify that, and I am confident it will equally be up for various literary awards this year, and hopefully be a roaring success for both the author and the publishing house.

  9. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Buckle up! Take a deep breath and enjoy your 5 decades long journey takes you to the cities including NY, Florida, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Mexico and Kauai, meeting with different narrators and their unique stories!

    Bill Clegg is truly mastermind of creating detailed, layered, natural characters may incredibly resonate with us because he knows true nature of people, their characteristics, antics, flaws and he may use his words like a composer who starts a delicate symphony and presents us smart, poignant, lyrical stories.
    As a real fan of his work: “Did you ever a family? “, I was so excited to get this book into my hands from the beginning.

    Let’s take a closer look to the story: Three childhood friends Lupita, Dana and Jackie estranged for 50 years. Do you want to know the reason behind their hurt feelings? You gotta join us to the journey going back and forth between 50 years ago and present time to find out what happened between those friends. And we’re also introduced a new father Hal who recently finds out his father’s ill-fated medical condition.

    All of these characters’ paths intercept meticulously and you learn more about their heartbreaks, misunderstandings, resentments, secrets, lies, frustrations, angers from multi POVed story chapters.

    Overall:Once again the author shared his extra ordinary story telling skills with us, introducing different, original characters and their stories but unfortunately this time I couldn’t resonate with each of the characters and I didn’t enjoy every narrator’s stories. Some of them captivated my attention including Hal and Lupita but some parts didn’t address to my heart and soul.

    I’m giving 3.5 stars and rounding them up to 4 for the impeccable, strong writing skills of the author. Maybe I was expecting a little more after enjoying so much his previous novel. But i always keen on reading his upcoming works enthusiastically. He is a unique literature talent.

    Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery/ Scout Press for sharing this unique Arc with me in exchange my honest review.

  10. DeAnn DeAnn says:

    3.5 well written (but depressing) stars

    This book features a wide range of characters and their stories. I found the book to be well-written, but it was not uplifting. One storyline features two best friends who had a misunderstanding almost fifty years ago and they attempt to reconcile. As the story progresses, we learn the backstory for both, but ultimately, they do not work out their differences.

    Another set of characters deal with a child given up for adoption and the repercussions of that. These stories all eventually intersect, but I kept hoping for redemption and reconciliation. Maybe at a different time in world events, I would appreciate this book more, but it left me wanting more at the end of the day.

    No one seemed happy with the life they had lived, filled with regrets. Maybe this was the message the author wanted to convey, life is short, don’t waste it on petty disagreements.

    I really enjoyed this author’s earlier book, “Did You Ever Have a Family” so I definitely wanted to read this one. I truly wish this one would have resonated more with me.

    Thank you to NetGalley, Gallery/Scout Press, and Bill Clegg for an early copy of this one to read. This one is set to release 9.29.2020.

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