Now in paperback from New York Times bestselling author


Following his acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Did You Ever Have a Family, Bill Clegg returns with a deeply moving, emotionally resonant second novel about the complicated bonds and breaking points of friendship, the corrosive forces of secrets, the heartbeat of longing, and the redemption found in forgiveness.

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the END of the DAY

“Reading The End of the Day is like studying a stained-glass window up close, each piece bright and sharply cut, but when you step back and see it as a whole you discover a large, beautiful, mysterious work of art.”

—David Ebershoff,
New York Times bestselling author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife

“Ambitious in scope, tender in detail, Bill Clegg’s The End of the Day is a story that crosses boundaries of age, class, gender. Anyone who has a beating heart will find some part of themselves in this story.”

—Mary Beth Keane,
New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes

“Delicate, deeply observed, and deftly crafted…a beautiful mosaic of memory, regret, and loss. A triumphant and noble novel.”

—Nickolas Butler,
author of Shotgun Lovesongs and Little Faith

“In his utterly absorbing and socially trenchant novel, Bill Clegg’s vision is both intimate and grand. He paints precise and unerring portraits of his characters and the dynamics of class that inform their lives while at the same time asking sweeping and urgent questions.”

—Marisa Silver,
New York Times bestselling author of Little Nothing and Mary Coin

“In this elegant, touching, and beautifully serious novel, Bill Clegg has written characters he seems to have known all his life.”

—Alejandro Zambra,
author of My Documents

“An exquisitely structured book of reckonings. Clegg is a fearless investigator of the past and how it, no matter how buried we believe it to be, will always rise. The End of the Day left me shaken.”

Peter Orner,
author of Maggie Brown & Others

“Clegg delivers a thoughtful, well-observed story...The splendid prose and orchestrated maneuvering will keep readers turning the pages and send them back to the beginning, to read it all over again.”

(starred review)

“A moody, atmospheric domestic drama with a mystery novel somewhere in its family tree.”


“The power in Clegg’s writing is his ability to bring uncomfortable situations and characters to life without judgment, allowing them their humanity while not absolving them of guilt.”

Luisa Smith,
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

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The stunning debut novel from bestselling author Bill Clegg is a magnificently powerful story about a circle of people who find solace in the least likely of places as they cope with a horrific tragedy.

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About the author

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Bill Clegg is a literary agent in New York and the author of the bestselling memoirs Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days. His first novel, Did You Ever Have a Family, hit the New York Times bestseller list and was longlisted for the National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Bill has also written for The New York Times, Lapham’s Quarterly, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper’s Bazaar.

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