The End of the Day by Bill Clegg


The End of the Day tells the story of three women. Jackie, a widow, who remains in the hometown in which she grew up in. She is surprised one day to see her childhood best friend, Dana, who has just returned to her family home after a forty-nine year absence. Lupita, our other main character, is a woman living in Kauai, settling on the island after fleeing her life on the mainland many years ago. We are also introduced to Hap, a new father whose own estranged father has come to town to meet the new addition to the family. Unfortunately Hap’s father collapses and is hospitalized before the visit even begins.

The book is told from both the past and the present and comes together with the eventual merging of the three women’s stories and how they relate to Hap. Impressively, sixty years of history are captured in the course of a single day. Where the book excels is in the beauty of the author’s words. This is especially true in his account of the similarities and differences experienced by characters within socio-economic classes over the course of multiple decades. The author delineates with compassion how decisions made by characters not only impacted themselves, but others . Having said that, I did not feel a real connection to the characters or what happened to them - an element critical to my enjoyment of any book. Moreover, I felt a large part of their stories were simply omitted and I closed the book wanting more.

Thanks to Netgalley and Simon &Schuster Canada, as well as Edelweiss and Gallery books for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️/5.

22 comments:

  1. This seems like a really interesting premise - I'll keep my eyes peeled for it!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

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  2. Sounds like an interesting read. Also I’ve been to Kauai and I like reading books based in places I’ve been. Just seems to add to the story. Thanks.

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  3. This sounds like a fascinating premise for a book. I love dual timeline narratives, so I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for this one! Great review!

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  4. The thing I liked the most is the relation made between three women's story with Hap and the alternation of timeline between past and present.....
    Such stories are always interesting for me....
    Thank you for sharing your honest review on this book 😇

    JENISH | https://knowafactfromj.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh, this sounds like such an interesting tale - I love stories where the plot weaves together different personalities - glad you enjoyed it too :)

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  6. What an intriguing concept. It's great how authors can weave these intricate webs with strands from each character. A pity that its difficult to form a connection to the characters though ...

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  7. This review has a promising review, keep up with the work.

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  8. Saving this for the weekend! Looks so interesting. Thanks so much for this amazing review x

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  9. Wow, sixty years told in a day is no small feat! It’s a bummer that you lacked connection to characters though, I know the feeling of closing a book not wholly satisfied ☹️ Still, it sounds at least an interesting read!

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