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The Resource Late in the day : a novel, Tessa Hadley

Late in the day : a novel, Tessa Hadley

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Late in the day : a novel
Title
Late in the day
Title remainder
a novel
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Tessa Hadley
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eng
Summary
"Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later, Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer's evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia: she is at the hospital. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach, with his generous, grounded spirit, was 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"--
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  • Hadley (The Past​, 2016) brings readers into the world of a complicated quartet of friends and lovers. Spanning more than 30 years, the story introduces Alexandr, Christine, Lydia, and Zachary on the day a sudden heart attack claims Zachary's life. Lydia is so distraught at the loss of her husband that Christine invites her to stay with her and Alex. At first, the long relationships among the quartet seem straightforward: Christine and Alex have been married for decades, as had Lydia and Zachary. But then Hadley brings readers back in time to when Christine and Lydia, friends from childhood, first met Alex and Zachary. Back then, Alex was a French professor married to his first wife, Juliet, and it was Lydia who was hopelessly infatuated with him and who schemed to set Christine up with Alex's good friend, Zachary. Hadley traces the friends' relationships through the decades, not only revealing the evolution of their friendships and romances but also the rise and fall of their youthful ambitions and artistic passions. A layered and compelling read. -- Kristine Huntley (Reviewed 11/15/2018) (Booklist, vol 115, number 6, p25)
  • Hadley’s perceptive, finely wrought novel (after Bad Dreams) traces the impact of the death of one man on three others. When affable art gallery owner Zachary dies suddenly in his 50s, he leaves behind not only his flamboyant and determinedly helpless widow, Lydia, but also the couple closest to them, Alex and Christine. Alex, an acerbic failed poet turned primary school teacher, and Christine, an artist who frequently exhibits her work in Zach’s gallery, have a long, complicated relationship with Zach and Lydia. Christine and Lydia, friends since childhood, met the two slightly older men when the young women were just out of college. Lydia set her sights on the melancholy Alex, who barely noticed her. Instead, he settled into a relationship with the at first reluctant Christine after her brief fling with Zach, who was actually infatuated with Lydia. Over the years, the two couples settled into the passive happiness of married life, but Zach’s death forces Lydia, Alex, and Christine to finally confront the feelings Alex and Lydia have for each other. As the two move forward together, and Christine, to her own surprise, discovers that she relishes time alone, Alex and Christine’s daughter Grace decides to make a death mask of her father, and moves in with Alex and Christine’s daughter Isobel. 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. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/08/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 41, p)
  • The peaceful, settled lives of school headmaster Alexandr and his artist wife, Christine, are upended by a phone call from their oldest friend, Lydia, telling them that husband Zachary has suddenly dropped dead. When they had all first connected years earlier, the pairings were reversed. Lydia had developed a huge crush on Alex, her handsome French teacher, who also happened to be married with a young son. First offering to babysit and gradually insinuating herself into Alex's group of friends, Lydia picked out Zachary for Christine. But when Alex's marriage began to come apart, he was drawn instead to Christine, just as his close friend Zach was falling for Lydia. Marriages and a daughter for each couple tightened their bonds, and their lives followed parallel and symbiotic paths until Zach's untimely death turned things upside down. VERDICT 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. [See Prepub Alert, 7/9/18.] --Barbara Love (Reviewed 12/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 20, p68)
  • /* Starred Review */ The 30-year bond between a quartet of close friends—two couples—comes unglued when one of them dies unexpectedly in Hadley's (The Past, 2016, etc.) quietly riveting latest. Christine and Alex and Lydia and Zachary have been close since their early 20s; now in their 50s, they're still close, the friendships among them still anchoring their lives. And then one night, Christine and Alex are listening to music when the telephone rings. It's Lydia, from the hospital. Zachary is dead. He was fine, at his office at the gallery, talking about the next show, and then he wasn't. Then he keeled over and was dead. For all the years they've known each other, Zachary has been a gentle force of nature. "Of all of us," Christine thinks, "he's the one we couldn't afford to lose." In the immediate aftermath of his death, the families band together: Alex goes to collect Lydia and Zachary's daughter from college; Lydia comes to live, for a while, with her best friends. The women have been close since childhood, Lydia theatrical and romantic and borderline frivolous; Christine serious and artistic, the practical one of the pair. Shortly after university, the women met Alex and Zachary, also childhood friends. In the early days, it was Lydia who was in love with Alex, although he was unhappily married to somebody else. Zachary was well-matched with Christine. The partnerships evolved without animosity: Zachary married Lydia, in the end. Alex married Christine. For three decades, they remained close, the history between them no threat to the happy present. But after Zachary's death, their pleasant equilibrium is thrown forever off-kilter, as remnants from the past bubble up to the surface. A four-person character study—here as always, Hadley is a master of interpersonal dynamics—the novel captures the complexity of loss. Their grief is not only for Zachary; it is for the lives they thought they knew. Restrained and tender. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2018)
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10748820
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Hadley, Tessa
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6108.A35
LC item number
L38 2019
Literary form
fiction
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  • Couples
  • Best friends
  • Death
  • Bereavement
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Friendship
  • Grief
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
  • Widows
Target audience
adult
Label
Late in the day : a novel, Tessa Hadley
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780062476692
Lccn
2018043840
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • on1055572946
  • (OCoLC)1055572946
Label
Late in the day : a novel, Tessa Hadley
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
273 pages
Isbn
9780062476692
Lccn
2018043840
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • on1055572946
  • (OCoLC)1055572946

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