FICTION

The Big Finish

Berkley. Apr. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781984804938. $26.
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DEBUT This humorous, wise novel features octogenarian Duffy Sinclair and a cast of characters residing in the Centennial Assisted Living Home. While curmudgeonly Duffy may be a bit of a prankster, his one fervent hope is that he can continue his days at Centennial and not be sent to a nearby roach-infested nursing home. Duffy and his rigid, stuffy roommate, Carl, are close friends who enjoy their daily banter, though each harbors some deep, crushing secrets. When a scantily clad young woman with a black eye falls through their bedroom window, the stunned, alarmed roommates at first mistake her for a thief. But it’s Carl’s granddaughter Josie, on the run from a bad boyfriend. What transpires is a terrific madcap, covert caper involving plenty of honorable high jinks that will endear Centennial’s ragtag golden-agers to readers. The antics are enhanced by Southern vernacular and slang in this warm, life-affirming tale that highlights the importance of finding family where you can.
VERDICT Fans of Kathleen Rooney’s Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry will appreciate this delightful romp. Fossey’s debut is destined to become a book club favorite..

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