Late in the Day


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Harper Perennial
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5.4 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Tessa Hadley is the author of five 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, which was a New York Times Notable Book; and Clever Girl. She is also the author of two short story collections, Sunstroke and Married Love, which were New York Times Notable Books as well. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker. She lives in London.


"Brilliant.... In the hands of a lesser novelist, the intricate tangle of lives at the center of Late in the Day would feel like just such a self-satisfied riddle or, at best, like sly narrative machinations. Because this is Tessa Hadley, it instead feels earned and real and, even in its smallest nuances, important.... It's to her credit that Hadley manages to be old-fashioned and modernist and brilliantly postmodern all at once.... We've seen this before, and we've never seen this before, and it's spectacular."--Rebecca Makkai, The New York Times Book Review
"[Hadley] is a gifted anatomist of human relationships, with those among family members being her specialty. Her particular genius lies in the elegance and precision with which she captures the fleeting emotion, the passing, indefinable perception or tiny epiphany."--Katherine Powers, Wall Street Journal
"Gorgeous, utterly absorbing.... More than many of her contemporaries, the British writer Tessa Hadley understands that life is full of moments when the past presses up against the present, and when the present transforms the past. Her brilliant new novel, Late in the Day, explores both with equal urgency."--Margot Livesey, Boston Globe
"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."--Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle
"An immersive tale of two intertwined couples.... Hadley tells a juicy story in the voice of a poet."--People's Best New Books
"Tessa Hadley is well-known for her inimitable portrayal of character and her latest effort, Late in the Day, is no disappointment.... A smart exploration of human nature, desire, and friendship."--Vanity Fair
"Sumptuous... Hadley's fiction--both long and short--has, with a delicious, detached clarity, observed the shape of relationships: their unconventionality, their transgressions. She is a superb stylist, with none of the pretensions that have latterly been attached to such a term: dispassionate, yet voluptuous in her prose."--Financial Times
"Her prose has the penetrating quality of Henry James at his most accessible... and is alert, as Virginia Woolf and Elizabeth Bowen were, to how time sculpts, warps or casually destroys us.... A quiet triumph."--Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times
"The British novelist does what she does best: excavate the tensions and traumas that linger in the most seemingly normal families and relationships."--Huffington Post
"Reading Late in the Day feels both prurient--we are so deeply inside the emotional rhythms of this home--and marvelous, in its elevation of a boring middle-class marriage into a fable of warring identities."--New Republic
"A domestic drama of the first order. The marriages are characters in themselves; going through transformative arcs of their own."--Refinery29
"Riveting.... A four-person character study--here as always, Hadley is a master of interpersonal dynamics--the novel captures the complexity of loss."--Kirkus, starred review
"Perceptive, finely wrought.... Hadley is a writer of the first order, and this novel gives her the opportunity to explore, with profound incisiveness and depth, the inevitable changes inherent to long-lasting marriages."--Publishers Weekly
"A layered and compelling read."--Booklist
"In the fine tradition of women's fiction by authors such as Margaret Drabble, Penelope Lively, and Rachel Cusk exploring relationships among the cultured classes, Hadley's place is secure."--Library Journal, starred review
"An excellent place to start if you haven't yet discovered Tessa Hadley."--Book Riot
"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....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.... Extraordinary."--Ron Charles, Washington Post