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Late in the Day
By (author): Tessa Hadley
9781784709235 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Mar 31, 2020
$19.99 CAD
Active 5.1 x 7.8 x 0.7 in | 0.45 lb 288 pages Random House Canada UK Distribution Vintage
**THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead.

In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach was the sanest and kindest of them all, 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 tangled webs at the centre 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 shows that she has ‘become one of this country’s great contemporary novelists. She is equipped with an armoury of techniques and skills that may yet secure her a position as the greatest of them.’ (Anthony Quinn, Guardian)

‘Hadley brings the gifts of a still-life painter to her fiction yet manages to produce satisfying twists and turns to her storytelling.’ Mellissa Benn, New Statesman

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be All Right, The Master Bedroom, The London Train, Clever Girl and The Past, and three collections of stories, Sunstroke, Married Love and Bad Dreams. The Past won the Hawthornden Prize for 2016, and Bad Dreams won the 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her stories appear regularly in the New Yorker and other magazines.

PRAISE FOR LATE IN THE DAY:

"[Hadley] has a keen psychological insight that allows her to create multifaceted characters that remain with the reader long after the story has come to an end. It’s no surprise, then, that Late in the Day is a powerful addition to her already distinguished body of work. Really, a rather brilliant novel." —John Boyne, The Irish Times

"Brilliant new novel.... Hadley is masterful at showing her characters over time.... We have the pleasure of seeing Christine, Lydia, and Alex as they see themselves, and each other." —Margot Livesey, Boston Globe

"With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive.... To read Hadley’s fiction is to grow self-conscious in the best way: to recognize with astonishment the emotions playing behind our own expressions, to hear articulated our own inchoate anxieties.... These are characters on the threshold of understanding themselves, but we always get there first, which is the province and privilege of fine fiction. The tone of Late in the Day is perhaps Hadley’s most delicate accomplishment. This is romantic comedy pulled by a hearse. The whole grief-steeped story should be as fun as a dirge, but instead it feels effervescent — lit not with mockery but with the energy of Hadley’s attention, her sensitivity to the abiding comedy of human desire." —The Washington Post

"Here is Hadley, doing the same: unlocking age-old mysteries in ways both revelatory and inevitable. We’ve seen this before, and we’ve never seen this before, and it’s spectacular.” —The New York Times

"With quicksilver grace and relentless urgency, she probes the murk of human behavior, drawing up nuanced truths with amazing precision. Page for page, I’ve found myself enmeshed, marveling, Wow, she nailed it.... Late in the Day proves no exception. Like the rest of her oeuvre, it’s strange, unsettling — eerily beautiful, discomfiting, stay-up-late-addictive, sometimes hair-raising.... Always, it’s Hadley’s high-res magnification on the interplay of marital (and friendship, and parental) dynamics that supplies her work’s steady gold." —The San Francisco Chronicle

"Freshness, subtlety and a deep, shifting empathy in her new novel.... The novel itself is beautifully contoured... Each phrase of the novel etches further protean details into Hadley’s portraits of her cast.... That complex shading, that illuminating ambiguity, makes Late in the Day a quiet triumph.” —The Seattle Times



PRAISE FOR TESSA HADLEY AND THE PAST:

“Tessa Hadley recruits admirers with each book. She writes with authority, and with delicacy: she explores nuance, but speaks plainly; she is one of those writers a reader trusts.” —Hilary Mantel

"The Past—one of the best novels of 2016." —The Washington Post

“Few writers have been as important to me as Tessa Hadley. She puts on paper a consciousness so visceral, so fully realized, it heightens and expands your own. She is a true master, and The Past is a big, brilliant novel: sensual, wise, compelling—and utterly magnificent.”
Lily King, author of Euphoria

“What a brilliant observer Tessa Hadley is. . . . What a superb chronicler of sibling loyalties and betrayals. The Past is one of those rare novels, both gripping and truly wise. To read it is to be enthralled and moved.” —Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace

“Tessa Hadley takes a masterful look at the modern family and its complications. . . . Hadley draws these characters in The Past so accurately that the reader is carried along in the mini-dramas of their domestic lives. . . . [A]n intriguing look at a modern family and how what’s happened in the past continues to be felt as time goes on.” —The Vancouver Sun

“[Hadley] makes ordinary life gripping.” —Toronto Star

“An enthralling ensemble novel. . . . Hadley continues to meet the high standard of fiction most recently exemplified by her novel Clever Girl and a collection of short stories called Married Love. . . . Delectable plot twists. . . . [A] captivating narrative.” —Winnipeg Free Press

The Past is the perfect novel to curl up with in these, the very days of summer. . . . [Hadley] weaves together generations of characters into a book that teems with the weight of their fictional pasts—long-dead characters come alive through the objects and memories left behind. . . . The book pulls you in not with a driving plot, but a languid, sleepy pace that matches the dying summer and the decaying home. . . . Full of both the blissful ignorance of youth and the heavy weight of experience, the novel places Hadley among the heavyweights of contemporary literary fiction.” —National Post

“[T]hese elegant pages are so preternaturally gripping that they countenance no interruption. . . . [F]or anyone who cherishes Anne Tyler and Alice Munro, the book offers similar deep pleasures. Like those North American masters of the domestic realm, Hadley crystallizes the atmosphere of ordinary life in prose somehow miraculous and natural. If the surface of her stories is lightly etched with charm and humor, darker forces burrow underneath. . . . Hadley carves her sentences from some rare earth element that’s both dense and buoyant. And unlike America’s great, showy stylists, she wears her wit like an expensive perfume—suggestive but never identifiable. . . . Her success is quietly exquisite.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Quietly masterful domestic portrait. . . . Hadley expertly captures the gentle tragedies of living, losses, and regrets that are at once momentous and too quotidian to mention: aging, the passage of time, the fissures and slights and unspoken disappointments that simmer underneath the surfaces of all families. The melancholy drama here is not external but internal; not in facts or in actions but in thoughts. Broken up into three dreamy sections—two in the present and one set in the same house a generation earlier—the novel might seem overly precious if it weren’t so bracingly precise. Hadley is the patron saint of ordinary lives; her trademark empathy and sharp insight are out in force here.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

[A] pleasure to be savoured. In her five novels and two collections of stories, Hadley has matched the psychological insight of Henry James with the sharp dialogue of Elizabeth Bowen—both writers she admires. . . . Hadley is a master of concise exposition and these complex relationships are rarely confusing to follow. . . . [A] well-crafted novel. . . . The Past is a hugely enjoyable and keenly intelligent novel, brimming with the vitality of unruly desire.” —Sameer Rehim, The Telegraph

“[A] beautifully perceptive novel. . . . [H]adley shows the surprising ways that siblings can be stranger than newcomers.” —Oprah.com

“To say Tessa Hadley is good with words is beyond an understatement, for her vivid imagery explodes somewhere in its travels from the page to the brain. With sublime prose, Hadley does justice to the beauty of the English countryside, the all-important setting of her latest novel, The Past.” —Los Angeles Review of Books

“An expertly wrought depiction of family life. . . . Hadley’s arresting descriptions of the physical and emotional landscape, and her tender approach to love, lust and, crucially, the passing of time underline her reputation as one of the UK’s finest contemporary novelists.” —Lydia Winter, Financial Times

“In her patient, unobtrusive, almost self-effacing way, Tessa Hadley has become one of this country’s great contemporary novelists. She is equipped with an armoury of techniques and skills that may yet secure her a position as the greatest of them. Consider all the things she can do. She writes brilliantly about families and their capacity for splintering. She is a remarkable and sensuous noticer of the natural world. She handles the passing of time with a magician’s finesse. She is possessed of a psychological subtlety reminiscent of Henry James, and an ironic beadiness worthy of Jane Austen. To cap it all, she is dryly, deftly humorous. Is that enough to be going on with? These talents are on formidable display in her latest novel, The Past. . . . Those readers yet to encounter Hadley—enviable bunch—may start with The Past and look forward to five previous novels and two story collections. But it doesn’t really matter where you start with her, because all her books are wonderful.” —Anthony Quinn, The Guardian

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