Literary agent, National Book Award Longlisted, New York Times bestselling author
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. The author of the novels Did You Ever Have a Family and The End of the Day, he has written for the New York Times, Lapham's Quarterly, New York magazine, The Guardian, and Harper's Bazaar.
“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 "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." (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, *starred* review) "Written in lyrical, beautiful prose that makes even waking up seem like a poetic event, The End of the Day makes sense of the events of a single day in a compelling work of fiction." (Good Morning America) “A declining heiress returns home for the first time in decades, but can’t remember why. Her former maid’s daughter runs a taxi company in Hawaii. Her aunt is left with a baby whose parents have vanished. Leave it to Clegg to brilliantly bind these threads.” (Entertainment Weekly) “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, 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, THE END OF THE DAY is 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: 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, New York Times bestselling author of Little Nothing and Mary Coin ) "Lyrical...a moody, atmospheric domestic drama." (Kirkus Reviews) "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 )
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