Bill Clegg with Kira Jane Buxton
Allowing for the fact that the day after this will be a first-ever pandemic Halloween, we believe that this evening’s program with novelist (and literary agent) Bill Clegg for his excellent new novel, The End of the Day (Gallery/Scout Press) will mark the end of this active October of virtual author productions. This, with us days away from the utter reality of an election any of us have ever known. Reading this book - and paying heed to Bill Clegg and his partner in conversation this evening, Seattle writer Kira Jane Buxton, author of the novel, Hollow Kingdom - should be a good way to move from work week to weekend. Bill Clegg, who was actually in Elliott Bay to read for his well-received debut novel, Did You Ever Have a Family?, is a consummate storyteller.
"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: What is fate? What responsibilities do we bear for the way in which our actions and our passions alter the course of one another’s lives? The novel’s shattering resonance emerges from its masterful construction. Clegg leads us, and his characters, toward the discovery of long-buried secrets at the same time that he shows us that the facts of a life do not always add up to the truth."– Marisa Silver.
“A mesmerizing book about family and memory and friendship and the long arc of life. I've loved every book by Bill Clegg, but The End of the Day might be my favorite because these characters, these quietly remarkable women, remind me of the epic lives hidden within all of us. Reading it 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.