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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780224102384
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

The End of the Day




The second novel from Booker-longlisted Bill Clegg

The second novel from Booker-longlisted Bill Clegg

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.

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9780224102384
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Bill Clegg

Bill Clegg is the author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. His first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, was longlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Praise for The End of the Day

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

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

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