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Late in the Day
Late in the Day: A Novel | Tessa Hadley
The lives of two close-knit couples are irrevocably changed by an untimely death in the latest from Tessa Hadley, the acclaimed novelist and short story master who “recruits admirers with each book” (Hilary Mantel). Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer’s evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, grounded spirit, was the irreplaceable one they couldn’t afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness. Late in the Day explores the complex webs at the center of our most intimate relationships, to expose how, beneath the seemingly dependable arrangements we make for our lives, lie infinite alternate configurations. Ingeniously moving between past and present and through the intricacies of her characters’ thoughts and interactions, Tessa Hadley once again “crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural” (Washington Post).
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Four adults, two couples, who have all know each other since before they were married. Something happens and it changes the dynamic.

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rachaich
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Mehso-so

I think I liked it. Though liked may not be the right word.
I didn't like the characters much but feel that was a typical response. I did like the way in which the story panned out, and the ways in which we flicked back to the past. And I felt the ending was correct!

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rachaich
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You know how it is... return a library book and check out three more!
Couldn't walk past this as I'd heard an article about it a month or so ago.
I don't think I've read any others by her.

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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

Really a tough book to both love and review. I certainly pushed hard against it to begin with. I didn‘t like the people, I didn‘t like the central premise, it seemed all a little “upper middle class problems” however.... the writing is very good, so much so I was making plenty of use of the Kindle highlighting function. In the end the writing sustained my interest rather than the plot.

Redwritinghood Glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
merelybookish Agree wholeheartedly! 2mo
ClairesReads Good and fair review 👌🏻 1mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

I struggled a bit with this book as the characters all felt very flat to me. That, along with the sleepy, detached tone, took away from what was otherwise some lovely writing about the complex relationship between two married couples. Unfortunately, this book felt more like a story of ideas than a story about people. #indiebuddyreads 3⭐️

merelybookish Agreed, characters did not feel real to me. 2mo
BarbaraBB So sad to hear this from both of you. I thought I‘d really like this one. @merelybookish (edited) 2mo
Redheadrambles @Redwritinghood yep I hear you - it did maybe grow on me in the second half as I learnt to let go of actually liking anyone in this ... 2mo
ClairesReads Absolutely understand your feelings Jerrie- much more ideas than people. That‘s usually more palatable when the people are less grating. 1mo
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ClairesReads
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This is a really difficult book to review. It‘s beautifully written and it‘s an insightfully observed examination of the nature of long term relationships, both romantic and platonic. Because so much of it is grounded in the everyday, it lacked a bit of pace, and the characters were predominantly unlikeable. It‘s carried by Hadley‘s skill as a writer, and her insight into the human condition. #indiebuddyreads

merelybookish I just finished this and felt similarly. I didn't even quite believe in some of the characters or the things they'd say. But her writing is really beautiful and skillful in places. 2mo
ClairesReads @merelybookish yes- I felt they were sort of...almost real but not quite. I guess maybe Hadley wanted them to be unreal enough that we could all transpose ourselves or people around us onto them? She‘s very clever though in terms of her understanding of life, and human nature. 2mo
Severnmeadows I have just read this, and feel much the same. I enjoyed my time reading it, but I‘m not drawn to read another book by the author. 2mo
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ClairesReads @Severnmeadows I think I‘d like to read her short fiction- I think her intensity would work better in that form 2mo
Severnmeadows @ClairesReads that sounds like a good plan. I‘ve actually just made a start on reading short stories (Sarah Hall‘s Mrs Fox). 2mo
ClairesReads @Severnmeadows ooo sounds good! 2mo
Redheadrambles You reviewed this so well ! I think we are pretty unified in its weaker points ( 😔 I will have to photograph a kindle for my Litsy post - which is just not the same ) 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles thank you! I am so sad for you that you have to photograph a kindle edition- has yours still not shown up?! 2mo
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merelybookish
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Two couples have been friends for years. Then one of the husbands dies, destroying the status quo. Scenes from the past and present intersperse, showing the precarious and complicated ways relationshiops develop, stagnate, and evolve.
Hadley's writing is lush, painting quiet vivid scenes. But I never connected with the characters, or even quite believed in them. Also it suffered from reading proximity to Normal People. But I'll try her again. 3 🌟

BarbaraBB That picture on the cover 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts Interesting review... I really can‘t decide about this one. But it keeps popping up for me everywhere 🤔 maybe it‘s a sign ... to read or not to read - that is the question 2mo
andrew61 Great review ☺ 2mo
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merelybookish @BarbaraBB I know! Gorgeous and so much nicer than US edition. 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts I feel ambivalent about recommending it. But maybe give it a go. She is a good writer but the characters felt cold to me. But all the reviews I've read are pretty glowing... 2mo
Redheadrambles @merelybookish great review! 2mo
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ClairesReads
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Miraculously on time for this weekend‘s #indiebuddyreads

ephemeralwaltz What an intriguing cover! 2mo
ClairesReads @ephemeralwaltz it is isn‘t it? 2mo
Redheadrambles Hope your enjoying it. I am about 60% done according to the Kindle 2mo
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ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes- I think I am although I‘m not entirely sure yet. It feels slow but at the same time I‘m finding myself drawn to read on. It‘s very beautifully written, which I‘m loving. It feels very observational which I also like. How are you finding it? 2mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yeah similarly to you I think. I like the writing, less enthused about the people themselves and the plot but there are moments where I am like “ oh yes she really understands female - male dynamics” 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes! I‘m trying to read it more as an ideas novel- a novel about dynamics rather than about this specific narrative 2mo
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ClairesReads
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Book club challenge this week to post a photo of your TBR #indiebuddyreads

Redwritinghood Great picture! I just got The Lost Man on audiobook from my library. 2mo
Redheadrambles @ClairesReads ah that‘s a good idea to post it here as well ! 2mo
ClairesReads @Redwritinghood I borrowed it from my dad- he discovered Jane Harper over summer and went absolutely wild on her books for a week 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles I‘ve been neglecting Litsy a bit recently so I thought it would be fun to post here too 2mo
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merelybookish
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Next up on audio. Tessa Hadley seems like a novelist I should like. So we'll see... (Reviews on Litsy are mixed.)

andrew61 Im looking forward to your review, ive read two of her novels and a volume of short stories and really like her writing. 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve seen this one around & nearly picked it up ... so I look forward to your review too ♥️👍🏻 (edited) 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts My sense (perhaps inaccurate) is she writes about the intricacies of "normal" domestic lives/relationships. And that's totally my jam. I like this one so far, although it's very upper crust British. Is that true of all her books @andrew61 ? 2mo
andrew61 @merelybookish yes very domestic, but id probably say middle class. I really liked the london train and her short stories are very good. Enjoy ☺ 2mo
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kbuggle
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Mehso-so

Finished this late in my (Sun)day and the sun cast some shadows at the perfect moment for me.

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rmaclean4
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My daughter bought me a three month subscription to Parnasus book club. This is the first novel that was sent in January. I am excited to dig in. I have not heard much about it.

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Cathythoughts
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My son is in Edinburgh this weekend .. just sent me this pic ... Royal Circus Gardens ...( I‘ve never been to Scotland ) I must tell him to get that book .... looks like a lovely shop

gradcat It really does—I want to go there—now! 3mo
Cathythoughts @gradcat me too ! Now ! 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 3mo
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TrishB Edinburgh is lovely . I always treat myself at Henderson‘s, which is a wonderful vege restaurant. (edited) 3mo
Tamra I want to go! 3mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra @TrishB @gradcat let‘s all meet there soon ! If only ..... vegetarian lunch & bookshop - for starters 3mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts 👌🏾 3mo
Eggs So colorful 3mo
readordierachel It does look lovely! 3mo
eanderson 💕💕 looks lovely! 3mo
gradcat I would absolutely think I had died and gone to heaven if we all met up in a delightful neighborhood bookshop in Edinburgh...really! ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs @readordierachel @eanderson @gradcat it really looks fab ... what a great bookshop. I hope I‘ll get a look in the door some day 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
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charl08
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The Guardian Reviews this week: more books I'm wondering about reading...

www.guardian.co.uk/books

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Flaneurette
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Has anyone noticed the #Libby update? This kinda stresses me out!

Kaye Yes. It‘s quite different to get used to. 4mo
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rmaclean4
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I just got my first book from Parnassus!! My daughter gifted me a three month subscription. After I finish the 5 books I am reading right now this will be next. I had a year subscription to BOTM in 2018 and have yet to read one of them.

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KarenUK
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#humpdaypost @MinDea
1. Anniversary dinner last week (16yrs), at a very fancy sushi place... complimentary dessert was an amazing ginger honey cake with crispy Asian pear & almond milk sorbet... plus Handmade chocolates 😋💕
2. ⬆️ my first Tessa Hadley...
3. Ten US states.
4. The William Morrow Agatha Christie paperbacks.
5. A trip home to England...

AlaMich Happy Anniversary! 4mo
KarenUK @AlaMich Aww thanks! 💕 4mo
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lovelybookshelf
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Abandoning at page 80. I'm finding these characters somewhat pretentious, privileged, and cold. I'm so bored. I can't muster the desire to keep reading, knowing that this is a character-driven novel.