Late in the Day

Late in the Day

by Tessa Hadley

Overview: 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 summerís 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 couldnít 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.

Faith Bowers (04/18/19): This is a beautifully written novel about two small families and their intermingled lives. You are challenged throughout the book but the writing and real relationship struggles.

I enjoyed the novel, though it was a challenging piece of womenís literature meaning not an easy quick read. This is her latest novel and she works really hard at her craft which shows.
Rating: ***

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