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The Big Finish

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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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Berkley (first published 2020)
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    Release date: Apr 14, 2020
    Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home.
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    Miranda Reads

    "I'm offering my help because sometimes we need mending and sometimes we need somebody else to help us thread the needle."
    Duffy Sinclaire, a gruff old man, living in Centennial assisted living facility with his roommate, Carl, is about to get a surprise of a lifetime.

    Duffy is settled into his life, jokingly flirting with the nurses, complaining to the cook, and seriously flirting with fellow resident Alice.
    Carl and I were the benevolent rulers of Centennial, crowned because we were
    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!
    Theresa Alan
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Duffy is an 88-year-old man who thinks of himself as a curmudgeonly sober alcoholic, though he’s much more likeable than he thinks. He’s living with his roommate Carl in a nice old folks home, but he knows the owner would love nothing more for him to have any sort of medical emergency, even something as simple as a fall, so she can send him to die in a hellhole for old folks that’s the stuff of his nightmares. If she gets rid of people who signed contracts before she bought the place, she can ...more
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    ♥ 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
    Cindy Burnett
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Take two sometimes grumpy old men, a mysterious young woman with a secret, a hot chef, a toxic ex, two sassy nurses, and a supporting cast of assisted living folks. Stir in some unexpected action in and out of the assisted living home. Lurking in the background is a bean counter managing the home and making noises about "renovations." What do you get? Why, "The Big Finish," of course. I loved the snarky humor and heartfelt moments in this book. It is not all fun and games -- serious issues are ...more
    Kristie Frazier
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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  ·  review of another edition
    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
    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
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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.
    Rosanne Gordon
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    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
    Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    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
    I won a Goodreads giveaway!

    This is the story of a group of octogenarians at an assisted-living residence. They are under the constant threat of being sent to the full-care nursing home where they know they will wither and die. I fell in love with these colorful characters, especially after a young woman climbed through the window of Carl and Duffy's room bringing all kinds of trouble with her. I'm a firm believer that God places people in our life when we most need them - the task is to see them
    Jessica Searcy
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What an awesomely unique book. I picked up this advanced reader from the bookstore I work at. As usual, I was drawn by the cover. I wanted to see what hijinx would ensue. I was not disappointed. I read a lot of fantasy so a lot of times realistic fiction is kind of a let down. Not this one. I wanted to know what happens to these characters. I attached to them. The writing gives enough backstory to help the character development along and draw the reader in. Maybe it's because I'm fresh off of ...more
    Phong Lê
    Dec 31, 2019 marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
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    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Heartwarming and touching, with humor, this is the story of two friends, Carl and Duffy, roommates in an assisted living facility. Add in a cast of characters, the other residents of the facility, plus their caretakers to further enhance the story. Boredom is upended when a young woman climbs through the window into Carl and Duffy’s room, claiming to be Carl’s granddaughter. I highly recommend this book and thank Netgalley for the ARC.
    Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Katie Bernet
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I could list a hundred reasons why this book is a must-read (artful prose, effortless dialogue, humor with an undertone of sadness and truth), but in my mind, one reason outweighs them all. Hope. If you want to walk away from a story with the certain feeling that life’s not so tough and meaningless after all (hey, maybe it’s even a little bit beautiful), then this book is for you.

    Christine Moore
    Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Duffy and Carl live in an assisted living home. When Carl's granddaughter breaks in, the fun begins!!! This is a great story of friends becoming family and you are never too old for a new adventure! Thanks to Goodreads and Berkley for the arc.
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The narrator of The Big Finish, is an 88 year-old ex alcoholic living in an "assisted living" home. Duffy is touchy about not calling the place a nursing home, because that's his biggest fear, one he shares with his roommate, Carl. Both of them fight every day to stay alert and on their feet, to avoid ending up in the place across town where the bed wetters and the dementia addled go to die.
    Duffy is doing okay until a barefoot girl with a black-eye climbs in his window one morning and announces
    Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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!
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    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.
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys humor and a realistic look at aging

    4 1/2 stars

    This is a sweet story of many things, but primarily friendship, and the extremes someone will go to for their friend and that friend’s family. While it is lighthearted, it’s not fluff. This book touches on serious matters that effect young and old alike, such as aging, assisted living facilities, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s, abuse, spousal cheating, and death. The book gives you a peek into what it’s like to live in an assisted living facility, the pros and the cons. It touches on the
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What is your reason for ending up in assisted living? Duffy Sinclair has many, as do his other co-residents and all are scared of the next step, nursing home or Death. Duffy is as cranky as a constipated alligator on a bed of cactus. No shaming responses and his glib comebacks are surface facets of his life story. Duffy always failed to find his target of happiness. Now in is very old age he and roommate Carl are like a pair of old maid sisters; each pumping the other to do more, or preventing ...more
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this book are completely my own.

    I totally did not expect the direction this book took. I thought it was going to be a thriller where the teenage daughter is involved with some criminal activity and Duffy was her getaway and breakaway car. Duffy had intentions of leaving a legacy before he passes away and has gotten himself in a lot of trouble and wants to cut out
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Thank you to Berkley and Goodreads for the chance to win an ARC of The Big Finish! This review is based on my own honest thoughts and opinions.

    I quite enjoyed reading The Big Finish. There was a lot of emotion packed into these 300 pages. I laughed, teared up, got angry... it had it all and I felt it all. The characters were lovable, though frustrating at times in the same way real life people can be. Duffy was funny, crotchety, and could push too hard; but ultimately his heart was in a good
    Kim McGee
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
    An endearing tale about the residents of an assisted living community and their attempt to help Carl's struggling granddaughter. Duffy and Carl are friends and roommates who are just trying to toe the line so they don't get kicked out of their cushy retirement home and tossed to the less desirable nursing home. This means not breaking the rules which they do as soon as Carl's young alcoholic granddaughter pops into their bedroom window. Not only are they hiding her from her irate ex-boyfriend ...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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