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The Big Finish

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.

Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window.

Together, they’re going to learn it’s never too late—or too early—to change your ways.

For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley (first published 2020)
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Miranda Reads
Torn on the rating. I'll have to think on it for a bit.

Really loved the story... but (and I don't want to give anything away because it is an early ARC)... there's a part that left a sour taste in my mouth.

And has me rethinking my entire enjoyment of the book.

Review to come

With thanks to Berkley Publishing and the author for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review

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Reading THE BIG FINISH was a lot of fun for me. When a young woman breaks into Duffys' room, the adventure begins! Duffy is an 88 year old man in an assisted loving home, and the young woman is Duffys' roommates granddaughter. This book is full of humor and inspiration to live large while we have the chance! I highly recommend this novel!
♥ Sandi ❣
4.5 stars Thank you to BookBrowse and Berkley for allowing me to read and review this ARC. Publishes April 14, 2020.

What a funny, funny book. Has been some time since I have laughed out loud at a book. But this one did it.

A local nursing home, an old curmudgeon and his roommates granddaughter. These make for a cute, funny and heartfelt story. As Duffy and Josie come to an understanding, Duffy's room mate Carl and the rest of the group from the nursing home rally around to see to it that Josie
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
RTC closer to release date.
Cindy Burnett
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I just recently finished this wonderfully life-affirming tale of community, family, and resilience. This book gave me ALL the feels - I laughed, I cried, and I loved every second of it. It’s such a fabulous read, and I haven’t stopped thinking about the story since I finished it last week. Duffy and Josie bond in a way that only those truly destined to be friends and leave an impact on each other long term can. In the vein of A Man Called Ove and The One-in-a-Million Boy, The Big Finish will
Kristie Frazier
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Giveaways on Goodreads can be hit or miss, but the Big Finish is an original concept and profoundly moving story filled with real life characters with relatable problems. It also happens to be hysterical. From the very beginning of the book I alternated between laughing out loud, feeling deeply touched and tearing up. I was pleasantly surprised with the different directions the story went. And the ending...holy cow! This is the love child of Grumpy Old Men and The Art of ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Duffy lives in an assisted living home and Carl is his roommate. During the years that they've both been residents here, they've become best friends (in fact, Carl is the only friend that Duffy has ever had) and know everything about each other's lives. Or do they? Duffy finds out that there is a lot he didn't know about Carl, when a 20ish year old woman with a black eye and the small of alcohol on her breath climbs in the window of their room and claims to be Carl's granddaughter. Josie wants ...more
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely LOVED this novel. Seniors have a special place in my heart and this book is a building full of them - spunky, kind, cantankerous, and more - plus the kind people who take care of them. What does one do when a runaway crawls through one's window? Why, take her in and deal with the mess she brings.

Some of the language may bother the more sheltered readers but this story is so real I recommend skipping those words and just keep reading. You'll be glad you did.
Donna Hines
A restoration of faith and a big old hug for humanity!
The Big Finish is a book that will make every emotion come to the surface.
The two main characters are learning that it's never too late to change your ways.
After all what could go wrong with a grumpy old man and a young 20 year old with a troubled past?
This book brings to mind the book, "A Man Called Ove" and the desperation, the isolation, the growing old gracefully concept.
Finding your way in the world and accepting your lot in life isn't
Rosanne Gordon
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life’s love lessons learned before it was too late
The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey
Most people, especially those of us sifting closer to the drop in the hourglass, don’t like to think about getting old—really old—and what life could be like when we get there. Brooke Fossey’s finely crafted tale lovingly nudges us into thinking about a phase of life we will inevitably reach—if we live that long. Her main character, Duffy Sinclair, a cranky eighty-eight-year-old in Velcro-clasped shoes, wants to
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
Lucky me – I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway! The Big Finish was a complete JOY to read. Loved every page. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud and other parts were so tender and sweet, I had to read over and over again. I was hooked after the first page.

Duffy and Carl are senior citizens living in an assisted living home. Duffy is a bit of a character (this might be an understatement). He is a recovering alcoholic who never married and he’s doing everything possible to stay where he
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Duffey is 88, sarcastic, and content in his life at the Centennial. His best friend is Carl, Nora is is favorite nurse, Anderson is the young, vitally strong chef-jack-of-all-trades, and Duffey admires the adorable Alice, one of the elderly residents, from a distance. He is happy to spend his days filling the hours with center activities; arts and crafts, trips to the local WalMart, and lording over his friends. Until one day trouble slinks in between the slats of the blinds of the open window, ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Duffy and Carl. I wasn't prepared for a couple of surprises along the way but did catch the foreshadowing of "the big finish" for Duffy. I won this as a goodreads giveaway and so appreciate having the chance to read this book. Fossey was able to put me in the minds of the folks at Centennial and cause me to feel empathy for each individual's situation.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel is the charming story of a diverse cast of characters who find their lives entwined in an assisted living center. Duffy, the elderly protagonist, is likable and very sharp in his senior years. This is an easy read, quick but smartly written, with many bits of humor and heartfelt moments interspersed throughout. While a straightforward story, there’s plenty of book club fodder and opportunities for discussion. A very enjoyable read!
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookbrowse
It seems we have a new sub-genre of books featuring the social commingling of young people (often troubled young women) with octogenarians for an outcome that solves problems for both ends of the age spectrum, e.g. "The Story of Arthur Truluv" and "A Man Called Ove". This is the basic formula for "The Big Finish" by Brooke Fossey. I really wanted to like this book, especially since the first impressions made by the cover art looked like there would be a clever treat in store. But I just couldn't ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Big Finish
As the daughter of a 96-year-old mother in Memory Care, I can attest to the authenticity of this book. From the swoosh of the electric front doors to the selection of the Resident of the Month, Brooke Fossey draws the reader into the world of the Centennial Retirement Community. Not glamorized or overstated, the Memory Care experience is very realistic. Fossey's characters take center stage as the reader begins to root for Duffy, Carl, and Josie. This awkward band struggles for
Lisa Garcia
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I was selected as a winner of an ARC copy of this book by Penguin Random House and asked to write an honest review when done. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and gladly write this review.
This is the story of Duffy, a resident of Centennial Assisted Living. Duffy is a recovering alcoholic who never married and is doing everything possible to stay where he is, not get in trouble, because the only other place to go is a horrible nursing home where Duffy believes people go to die. Duffy is completely
Leslie Lutz
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
As someone who deals with elderly relatives all the time, I didn't know if I would be able to read this book (I thought it might be too stressful, as if my worst fears would end up on the page). What I found instead was that getting inside the head of an 88-year-old was strangely freeing, and his world at Centennial, the assisted living place he calls home, wasn't as claustrophobic as I'd always imagined it to be. More importantly, I learned that one of my big life fears--that I will end up in a ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Poignant, and On-Point

Curmudgeonly Duffy, in his late 80s and living out his life in an assisted living facility, gives equal parts grief to his roommate Carl, the nursing home staff, and even Carl's granddaughter.

The humorous start and well-rounded character development contrast nicely with Fossey’s unexpected twists to the story. Tuning in to the thinking and life of older people with concerns about their future living arrangements and even deeper problems provided an outlet for what
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
First and foremost, I'd like to thank Penguin Random House for sending me an advance copy of this book. I had high hopes for this book, I thought it could be good for some laughs especially after looking at the cover. Alas, there weren't many. Duffy Sinclair is a crotchety 88 yr old bachelor who shares a room with Carl Upton in the Centennial Assisted Living home, where every minute of their day has an activity or is supervised. Their greatest fear is that too soon they'll be booted out if they ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Big Finish is a BIG HIT
The Big Finish surprised me. I thought I knew where the story was going but it took me so many places I didn't expect to go. I read this book quickly as I was immediately moved from the role of passive reader to involved reader by the laugh out loud dialogue. I soon learned that beneath this snappy dialogue ran a poignant shadow that dogs the characters from beginning to end. Fossey's characters are richly drawn, so human in their failures and goodness that you will
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Room mates in their eighties, Duffy and Carl, aim to keep what years they have left calm and orderly and filled with their typical banter so as to keep their room at the assisted living home and not find themselves sentenced to the end-of-the-line nursing home. All seems according to plan until a bare-footed, black-eyed, alcohol-smelling Josie sneaks into their open window searching for the owner of the name on the card stuck to the sill; her grandfather, Carl, a man she's never met. So begins a ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE BIG FINISH by Brooke Fossey
Duffey, the unrepentant reprobate, and his side kick, Carl, are roommates at the “nice” assisted living home. They live in fear of being tossed out and forced to move to the “hellhole” of the only full nursing home in the area. Nora is the nurse who makes life bearable. Anderson is the aide who aids and abets Duffey and Carl and all the other inmates at the 20 bed Centennial Assisted Living Home.
The activities mentioned all ring true as do the shenanigans the
Sharon S
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april2020
Poignant, real, charming, easy-to-read.

This was a delightful read, character driven novel written in the first person from the perspective of Duffy. He lives in The Centennial Assisted Living Home with his friend Carl. They receive a surprise guest by the name of Josie. Josie adds the details necessary for the main characters to question their life, and life choices. She brings them together helping them along their life path of destiny between fated destinations and family.

I enjoyed how the
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5

I received an ARC of this book from in exchange for a review.

Eighty-eight-year-old Duffy Sinclair and his roommate Carl Upton consider themselves lucky to live at Centennial Assisted Living -- it sure beats the less upscale nursing home across town. Staying there depends on good health and good behavior. The behavior part gets challenged when Carl's granddaughter (who, it turns out is an alcoholic with a nasty boyfriend) climbs in the window of their room and asks to
Shirley Freeman
Thank you to Jin Yu from penguinrandomhouse for the advanced copy of this delightful novel. The adventure begins as 88 year-old Duffy Sinclair and his roommate Carl are verbally sparring in their assisted living room when a young woman climbs in through their window. Josie is clearly running from something. Duffy will do about anything to stay at Centennial Assisted living because the alternative is the dreaded nursing home and because Carl is the first friend he's ever really had. So he is ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
You never know what to expect when a girl comes through the assisted living home room window. Who is the girl with no shoes and the shiner on her eye? Duffy and Carl two old guys who are just getting through the day with their friendship will have quite the whirlwind of moments with what follows Josie after she comes through their window. A story of friendship, bonding, the need of family and finding sometimes you have people who want the best for you even if it causes them some discomfort and ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel!!!! I turned 62 this year, and nursing homes have been on my mind Just finished THE GREAT UNEXPECTED, from which I learned a trick or two for future assisted living survival. THE BIG FINISH left me smarter about the dreaded nursing home in its “six days in the life story.” Duffy, Carl, Anderson, Josie, Alice, Nora, and the Cruella Diville home owner, Sharon, are proof that true love never dies, family and friends are forever, good, with a bit a planning, always defeats the bad ...more
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Duffy and Carl are trying to get the most out of their golden years in an an assisted living facility. So far, they’re doing pretty well staying under the radar of the manager, Sharon, who is eager to transfer residents to the nursing home down the road in order to free up rooms for a remodel that will bring in higher rents. But when a young woman claiming to be Carl’s long lost granddaughter climbs into their window, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Duffy is an entertaining character ...more
Susan Burlew
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway
This book was about a group of people at an assisted living home. Eighty eight year old Duffy tells the story. His roommate and good friend is Carl. One night a young lady climbs in their window. Her name is Josie and she claims to be Carl's granddaughter. Duffy knows she's lying because Carl never had children. Duffy doesn't want to be bothered with anyone else's problems. He has enough of his own dealing with the indignities of getting old. Then he learns something about Josie that makes him ...more
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Brooke Fossey was once an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance before she traded it all in for motherhood and writing. She’s a past president and an honorary lifetime member of DFW Writers' Workshop. Her work can be found in numerous publications, including Ruminate Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly. When she’s not writing, you can find her in Dallas, Texas with her husband, four kids, and ...more
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