Late in the Day (Hardback)Tessa Hadley (author)
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Neatly navigating the ebbs and flows of the relationship between two couples as they weather the impact of a sudden tragedy on the ecosystem of their lives, Tessa Hadley has created a superbly nuanced portrait of friendship and marriage. Echoing the quiet, penetrating observation of Anita Brookner, Hadley writes with subtlety and great skill about the interplay between society, class, history and the passions that shape our everyday experience.
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.' (Anthony Quinn, The Guardian).
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 29 mm
'Confident, brilliant, dark and interesting' - The Daily Telegraph
'An intimate dissection of the emotional lives of the British educated middle classes. Hadley is the real deal.' - The Times
'Her prose - measured, ironic, disarmingly perceptive - picks up on all the contradictions of human existence.' - The Observer
'With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she's one of the greatest stylists alive... her quietly elegant style and muted wit are triumphs... the everyday tragedies and betrayals of domestic life [are] rendered by Hadley's prose into something extraordinary... The tone of Late in the Day is perhaps Hadley's most delicate accomplishment.' - Ron Charles, Washington Post
'There may be no historical newness to women's disenchantment with male authority, but it feels new to write about it with this much raw honesty... It's to her great credit that Hadley manages to be old-fashioned and modernist and brilliantly postmodern all at once... 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.' - Rebecca Makkai, The New York Times
'Tessa Hadley picks apart the stitches of marriage, friendship and self with an almost forensic curiosity [in Late in the Day], cementing her place as one of Britain's finest writers of contemporary fiction.' - Thea Lenarduzzi, Vogue
'The quintessential domestic novel in the most elevated sense... excellently insightful on family dynamics and the intricacies of close friendship.' - Pandora Sykes, The High Low
'As ever, [in Late in the Day] Hadley's psychological insight is remarkable. She is deeply interested in the minutiae of relationships and the way men and women interact... One of our finest living writers, and if you haven't read her yet then you really must.' - Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller
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