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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  22 reviews
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 deeply 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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2020 by Jonathan Cape (first published June 2nd 2020)
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Elyse  Walters
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Katherine Elizabeth
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
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Doug
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sincere thanks to Netgalley and Gallery/Scout Press for providing me with an ARC of the book five 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
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Ellen Gail
Jan 10, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unreleased, arc
Did You Ever Have A Family was beyond fantastic, so of course I'm eagerly awaiting this!
Sara Smith
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: early-reads
I received an e-reader ARC of this book from Netgalley.

I loved the description of this book. It really compelled me to want to read it. I love ordinary people with ordinary lives that are made beautiful in a story. But I just kept expecting more from this book after reading the rave reviews. To me, it basically is the coldness and cruelty of what humans can do to those we love. How our stubbornness keeps us from enjoying ourselves because we are so busy trying to hurt others. It was an okay
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Chloe Cuthbert
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bill Clegg reminds us how choices—to connect, to betray, to protect—become our legacy. How one day can change everything.

Deeply observed and beautifully written, this novel is a feat of storytelling, capturing sixty years within the framework of one fateful day.

Well written with gorgeous storytelling and characters you’ll never forget.
Tracy
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded up.

Thanks to Gallery Press and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hap, a middle-aged man and new father attends to his dying father, and opens a briefcase of disturbing papers.

His contact with Dana, an elderly woman who knows all the secrets the briefcase contains, begins a cascade of memories, and her attempt to fix what's been broken for fifty years. Meanwhile, Lupita, now living in Hawaii, receives news and her own regrets come to the
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Pam
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for ARC. Over a single day in the interconnected lives of five individuals stories, secrets, trauma and regrets spanning decades are revealed. Masterfully written.
Doris Vandruff
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a masterpiece of a story. Intensely intimate. Tells the story of individual people living their lives in disconnection. Little do they know that one even will brings the wall crumbling down around them to show how connected they really are. Estranged friends for 49 years are brought together. A young man learns his life has been nothing but lies. They are all connected. The lies and secrets that have been kept are unlocked. They discover, each individually, that what they have showed so ...more
Cristie Underwood
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The author wrote a novel that realistically captures the highs and lows within the relationships of people that are related or friends over a 60 year period. Some of these connections aren’t immediately known, but all keep the reader invested. This was such a great read that I highly recommend.
Jennifer S. Brown
I don't want to describe this book too much, because I'm not sure how to do so without giving anything away. We meet Dana, a wealthy woman, hiding from her housekeeper, off on a mysterious errand. Lupita, a driver in Hawaii. A man tending to his dying father. And so many more POVs in this novel that all come together to tell a complete story, and it's great fun seeing how all the pieces fit together. I had some theories about what was going on--and I was totally wrong--but I loved watching ...more
Bethany Corbett
I think I may have overhyped myself on this one, and it just didn't live up to where I wanted it to be. I love character driven novels, but I do think it's possible to over-do it. Clegg introduces us to SO many characters over the 4 parts of this novel, 6 characters to be exact--Dana, Jackie, Lupita, Hap, Alice, and Floyd. Keeping it to three or four of these voices would have been more effective. Each character did bring something to the table with their voice, but I think some careful editing ...more
Lynn
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when you pick up a book and someone whose opinion you truly value has written a glowing introduction? Well, you read it, of course. And you love it!

Jackie grows up next door to Dana, and their friendship blossoms. Lupita's family is brought from Florida to New York to work for Dana's family. Dana's family is rich; Jackie's not so. Oh the secrets they keep. The choices they make. The connections they forge.

50 years later, all is revealed.

A most-absorbing story, with a blockbuster
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Cindy
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I was pulled into the drama and intrigue of this book from the first short chapter onward. It's a well written unique plot that I found engaging as I continued to wonder how the pieces would all fit together. At 28% of the way through the book I made a note that read "ok, tell me already"! My interest had moved from high intrigue to dragging. But it quickly picked back up. In the beginning, actually throughout the first half of the book, I found it challenging to keep track of the characters. I ...more
Rachel
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The End of the Day by Bill Clegg is a great novel that is a story about friends, family, love, loss, hurt, acceptance, forgiveness, perseverance, and the relationships that we hold close (and yet at the same time take for granted and push away).
It is this concept of push and pull that Mr Clegg has created and interwoven between several different scenarios of individuals that are related by family or other close relationships that are then described and expressed over the course of a 60-year
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Rachel
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The End of the Day by Bill Clegg is a great novel that is a story about friends, family, love, loss, hurt, acceptance, forgiveness, perseverance, and the relationships that we hold close (and yet at the same time take for granted and push away).
It is this concept of push and pull that Mr Clegg has created and interwoven between several different scenarios of individuals that are related by family or other close relationships that are then described and expressed over the course of a 60-year
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LNC1012
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from netgalley as an ARC for my honest and opinion on this book. Throughout the book you learn about the lives of many different individuals with very different lives and backgrounds and how their lives connect. Throughout the book their is love, and loss and many topics that people don't always share with others and how it affects more than just the person dealing with it. No spoilers. Very good book that I would highly suggest reading.
Bin
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The End of the Day is a rich and emotionally novel filled with intriguing characters. I love how Bill Clegg took the time to explore the stories and inner thoughts of each character involved. I was really drawn into each and every one of their stories. However, there were quite a lot of characters and with the chapters going back and forth in time, it made me want to draw a diagram just to keep track of everything. The stories of each character were so cleverly woven together and every chapter ...more
Paula
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a book about relationships. There were many characters to keep track of and they got a bit confusing at times going between the past and present. Some characters were more likable than others but none really grabbed me. I thought the authors prose was beautiful but at times was a bit over the top. For me, the book was anticlimactic. It was an ok read for me.
Rhonda Hendrick
This is the first Bill Clegg book I have read. I wish I liked it more but I found it very hard to get into and to stay interested in. There are four main characters and each chapter is from one of their points of view. The problem I had with the book is that there is so much back and forth through time that I had a hard time distinguishing what timeline was being discussed. It was confusing and alot of it didn't seem to add to the story at hand. By the end of the book, I found that I didn't ...more
Carol Dass
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-read
This is a great story about relationships, families and friends. We learn a great deal about many different people and how their lives connect.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Sue
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Net Galley for the review copy.

I can’t remember the last time a book kept my brain so busy and awake, that I couldn’t fall asleep at night, but this one did. There are so many visuals, a fair number of important characters to keep track of, and some alternating between past and present, all of which make one feel you have to sit up and pay attention.

A terrific read, even though it felt like a bit of work, as I feared losing track of something important.

Stars - 3; actual rating 3.5;
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Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York. He is the author of the novel Did You Ever Have A Family and the memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days.

He has written for the New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar.