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The News from the End of the World

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  499 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Meet the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family over the four days that will make or break them

When Vance Lake—broke, jobless, and recently dumped—takes refuge with twin brother Craig back home on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig is strangely mournful
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Larry H
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I'd rate this 3.5 stars.

Things aren't going so well for Vance Lake. He's just lost his job teaching college, he's broke, and yet another relationship has ended. With no other alternative, he heads up to Cape Cod for his twin brother Craig's house, where he hopes to lick his wounds and figure out his next move. But when he arrives at Craig's, he discovers that he's not the only Lake in the midst of serious turmoil.

Craig, too, is struggling financially, as he and his wife Gina recently did a great
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
After getting fired from his job and kicked out of his house by his fiance, Vance Lake has decided to surprise his twin brother, Craig, with an unannounced visit. Hoping to lay low for a few days while he sorts out his life, Vance is surprised to discover that Craig is experiencing some major turmoil of his own. Though everyone is hush-hush at first about the source of the tension, eventually Vance comes to understand that Craig's 17-year old daughter, Amanda, is pregnant.

Vance is, naturally, sh
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The News From The End Of The World by Emily Jeanne Miller. It’s a bit of a short read, as we breeze through just one week of a dysfunctional but loving Cape Cod-living family. Full of secrets, harbored hate, and kids finding their way in the world, Miller creates a vivid portrait of a family trying to keep it together.

Focused on sixteen year old Amanda, and the mysterious reason she was sent home from a high school trip abroad to Chile, and her lovable uncle Vance who has escap
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
See my full review and much more on my blog KissinBlueKaren

This is a story that moves slowly. It does a good job of captivating this family in crisis. There are secrets everyone keeps. Some secrets can’t be kept. This story belongs mostly to Vance and Amanda as they traverse this difficult time. Amanda has to make a big choice, but she needs to tell her father first. Vance is there for her when she needs to trust someone. Everyone here has something they are hiding and it almost destroys the
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Based on very little information about the author, I decided to request a copy of The News of the End of the World: I've had good luck with other novels from this publisher, I liked the cover, the setting (Cape Cod, in the off season), and the promise of dysfunctional family dynamics. Shortly after the first couple of paragraphs (a description of a dream), I decided that I'd made a good choice.

"When he opens his eyes it’s dark, and it takes a few moments for him to remember where he is - that he
Helen Marquis
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
A wonderful tale of a dysfunctional family, the Lakes, and their lives and loves set around the off-season world of Cape Cod. Twin brothers Craig and Vance couldn't be more different - Craig has a successful high-end building business, is married with three children, but can't get his first wife (who died in an accident) out of his head; whereas Vance is out of work, recently dumped, smoking weed and generally refusing to grow up.
The one thing they can agree on, is their adoration of Amanda, Cra
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Need to start a "Depressing" bookshelf in Good reads, and this book would be near the top. None of the characters are anyone I'd like to have as friends, much less as family. Dysfunctional barely covers this group.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The News From The End Of The World
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This book is about a family...a sort of disjointed family...that is going through some really rough times. You must trust me on this because saying any more will ruin this book for potential readers. Craig and Gina are married but after a new baby and financial issues and impending adultery...are miserable. Vance is Craig's brother and he has just lost his job, his home and his girlfriend. Amanda is Craig's daughter and
Suzan Jackson
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this intricate family drama set on Cape Cod in the off-season - compelling, heartfelt, and with a touch of humor!
Mary Jo
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finding a new author is always great and I am impressed with this one. Good book!
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a very deep book. Did not really love the ending.
Ilene Harris
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘The News From The End Of The World’ is a novel taking place over four days. The Lake family of Cape Cod, very loveable but highly dysfunctional. Craig Lake, his wife Gina their two children Amanda and Helen, as well as Craig’s twin brother Vance have so many secrets, where to begin? Secrets include infidelity, unwanted pregnancies, unsuccessful business, and job loss . Only when they help each other will the secrets be revealed. Loved reading this very well written book
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. This is a plot driven novel which might have benefited from character development.
Each person is this blended family is in crisis. Instead of reaching out for support the characters retreat into their pain. It is written in a somewhat breezy manner as each person careens from one mistake of another. This had the elements of a good story but fell flat for me.
Jeanne Lucier
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok, quick read, not likeable characters
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Written well but very plainly; I found myself starting to skim around Chapter 10. However, the story was engaging enough to finish, and the ending was so, so good. Absolutely satisfying last chapter that I reread twice.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A family of dysfunction, a family of secrets, each character has a secret but the novel's plot pivots around Amanda's secret. Amanda is seventeen, sent home from an outward bound camp in Chile for some mysterious reason. Her father, Craig, is stressed beyond belief and his wife, Gina, is caught up trying to manage their two young children, Helen and Cameron. She is a pseudo interior designer who actually just runs a shop in town with cute things (cue Helen's shop in the TV show "The Affair"). Cr ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The News from the End of the World is a glimpse into the lives of four members of a dysfunctional New England family, all of which are in personal crises at the same time. Very readable, the story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Craig Lake; his wife Gina; Craig's 17 year old daughter Amanda; and Vance, Craig's twin brother.

Vance arrives to stay at his brother's house after he was fired from his teaching position, and kicked out by his fiancée. He arrives not knowing that his brother's
Margo Littell
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
When forty-two-year-old Vance Lake arrives at his twin brother’s Cape Cod home, he’s not in a good place. He’s just been fired for scandalous reasons from his adjunct teaching position, and his girlfriend has left him. He has nowhere to go, and Craig’s house is the obvious place to land. But Vance immediately discovers that Craig and his family are in the middle of a crisis. Craig is heavily in debt, his business struggling. His wife, Gina, is hovering at the edges of an affair. Most distressing ...more
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
A brisk-paced tale of a highly dysfunctional family told from multiple points of view. Some parts of the story work well, others not so much. None of the characters are particularly well developed and it is difficult to sympathize with or care about their decisions, except to possibly get angry about the major choice made without looping the reader into the thought process behind it. Young Helen is actually the only one whose actions and reactions are clea
Linda Hutchinson
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm the kind of person who always believes that we learn from our mistakes. I rarely trust anyone who says they have no regrets in life, because unless you're the son of God, that's almost impossible to attain. I liked this novel because it shows a family realistically with all the joys and burdens of life. Choices have long-lasting consequences and sometimes guilt makes people unable to forgive themselves. I think everyone feels like they have failed at some point, but it is important to rememb ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Was this ever a surprise. In hindsight, it has all the hallmarks of a novel I would enjoy: set in New England, family drama... well, yeah, that's about it. I expected a quick, good read, but I thought this reached "great" status in a few places. Sure, there were melodramatic scenes and rote plot twists--flirting between the wife and her husband's best friend, teenage daughter storming out to walk home, brothers fighting because you just don't understand me/but YOU just don't understand ME-- but ...more
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cape Cod, off season is a very different place - quiet, cold with many closed seasonal stores. This is the setting for this novel that explores family relationships - spouses, siblings, step-siblings. Vance is a college adjunct who gets fired for an in appropriate remark and heads to his twin brother's house to try to figure out what he will do next. Craig is married to Gina, his second wife and has a 7 year old and a baby with her. The center of the novel is Amanda, his daughter from his first ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
We are introduced to a family in crisis. Vance goes to stay with his brother and his family when his fiancee kicks him out. But there are things going on at his brother's house that Vance has no idea was going on and it brings back old memories of his own past. Somehow this family has to figure out a way to get through what is happening without it ripping them apart.

I was given an advanced eARC by the publisher through NetGalley.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautifully written story with such well developed characters - each telling their own story - wonderful family dynamics! I admit to initial skepticism that an entire book could take place over a four day timeframe. Ms. Miller really pulled this off so well.
I couldn't put this book down and I would love a sequel. I have now read both of Ms. Miller's books and dearly hope she is working on a third.
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: recommended
More literary than chick lit, this book follows Vance who shows up at his brother's house broke and kicked out by his girlfriend finding that his brother's family is in the midst of their own somewhat secret crisis. The book follows the next four or five days, telling the story from varying view points (Vance's brother, Vance's sister in law, and Vance's nieces). ...more
Rachel Dows
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Definitely a touching page-turner. The mystery held on just long enough to tantalize, but not so long that readers would give up. A small cast of characters make for an intimate melding of past and present.
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully flawed characters who have more in common than they realize because they fail to understand and connect with each other, just like real life. Couldn't put it down. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I am the only person who really hated this book. And I was very excited about it. Stock characters and no plot. just ugh. I hope to have better luck with "The Heirs".
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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Emily Jeanne Miller is the author of the novels BRAND NEW HUMAN BEING (HMH 2012) and THE NEWS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD (HMH 2017). She currently lives on Cape Cod with her husband, daughter and dog.

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