The Big Finish Pdf is a Family Life Fiction novel By Brooke Fossey. Meet Duffy, an old curmudgeon who lives in an assisted living home. Meet Josie, a desperate young woman who climbs through his window. Together, they’re going to learn it’s never too late—or too early—to change your ways. In a funny, insightful, and life-affirming debut, Brooke Fossey delivers an unflinching look at growing old, living large, and loving big, as told by a wise-cracking man who didn’t see any of it coming.
The Big Finish Summary
For Duffy Sinclair, life boils down to one simple thing: maintaining his residence at the idyllic Centennial Assisted Living. Without it, he’s destined for the roach-infested nursing home down the road—and after wasting the first eighty-eight years of his life, he refuses to waste away for the rest. So, he keeps his shenanigans to the bare minimum with the help of his straight-laced best friend and roommate, Carl Upton.
But when Carl’s granddaughter Josie climbs through their bedroom window with booze on her breath and a black eye, Duffy’s faced with trouble that’s sticking around and hard to hide—from Centennial’s management and Josie’s toxic boyfriend. Before he knows it, he’s running a covert operation that includes hitchhiking and barhopping.
He might as well write himself a one-way ticket to the nursing home…or the morgue. Yet Duffy’s all in. Because thanks to an unlikely friendship that becomes fast family—his life doesn’t boil down the same anymore. Not when he finally has a chance to leave a legacy.
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About Brooke Fossey Author Of The The Big Finish Pdf Book
Brooke Fossey Author Of The Big Finish Pdf was once an aerospace engineer with a secret clearance before she traded it all in for motherhood and writing. She’s a past president and an honorary lifetime member of DFW Writers’ Workshop. Her work can be found in numerous publications, including Ruminate Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly. THE BIG FINISH (Penguin/Berkley – Piper/Pendo) is her first novel. When she’s not writing, you can find her in Dallas, Texas with her husband, four kids, and their dog Rufus. She still occasionally does math.
The Big Finish pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Berkley (April 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1984804936
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984804938
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.24 x 1.12 x 9.35 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #792,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #2,966 in Women’s Friendship Fiction
- #7,472 in Women’s Domestic Life Fiction
- #15,550 in Family Life Fiction (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars 486 ratings
The Big Finish Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It Takes A Barfly To Know A Barfly
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 13, 2021
Ms. Fossey’s fictional character, Duffy Sinclair, is my kind of guy. He’s an eighty-eight-year-old wiseass curmudgeon. Better yet, he’s the story’s narrator. The first paragraph had me smiling and the silly grin frequently reappeared throughout reading ‘The Big Finish.’ Duffy is living in an assisted-living facility named the Centennial in the small town of Everton, Texas. His roommate for three years has been an eighty-six-year-old named Carl Upton. Duffy and Carl are known as the community’s in-house pranksters and the annoyed administration is looking for an excuse to send them over to the town’s less-appealing retirement home. Both gentlemen are too poor to afford anything better and view the Centennial as heaven on earth. Everything is going along fine and dandy until Carl’s 22-year-old granddaughter, Josie, climbs in through their room’s window.
Duffy has been a lifelong bachelor and a recovering alcoholic going on over ten years of sobriety. He has carved out a pleasant existence in the insular world of Centennial. Josie’s sudden appearance puts it all at risk. Duffy recognizes, by Josie’s actions, that she is also an alcoholic and far from being on the wagon. It brings back all his self-destructive memories as well as his struggles with the concept of death. The author does a great job with the dialogue and fleshing out the main characters while moving the story along. ‘The Big Finish’ is not slapstick fare nor is it some moody contemplative downer like George Orwell’s ‘1984.’ There’s a lot of heart and humanity in the author’s debut novel. Ms. Fossey also addresses the sad habit of younger people viewing old people as fuddy-duddy child-like stereotypes and frequently ignoring that they too led complex lives. The owner of Centennial is one of their foils. She’s more focused on kicking out difficult senior citizens and attracting richer clientele who would enhance her business’s bottom line. The residents live in fear of her visits. A bully named Bates is the major antagonist. He is a one-dimensional brute with no real backstory. ‘The Big Finish’ includes its fair share of profanity and has many wonderful funny colloquialisms. The challenges of negotiating daily life while in your twilight years are handled with humor and compassion. As we grow feebler due to old age, our daily routines and environment typically become more limited. While structured environments can be comforting, it also comes along with its own anxieties. Events in the book occur over a period of five days.
Ms. Fossey’s debut novel is a real winner. Her descriptions of assisted-living and its residents are well done. My one complaint is the book’s cover design for the 2021 paperback falsely implies that Duffy and Josie go on some kind of motorcycle road adventure when actually most of the story happens in Centennial’s assisted-living facility. I found the ending to be poignant, spiritually comforting if you are so inclined (I’m agnostic), and tears unexpectedly welled up in my eyes. Such a reaction is a rarity for me while reading. However, I’m quite fatigued from enduring four straight nights of crappy sleep, so my emotions aren’t exactly on steady ground right now but I’m sane enough to know I’m not the Queen of England. Ms. Fossey’s ‘The Big Finish’ delivers the goods.
5.0 out of 5 stars Young at Heart
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 31, 2022
This is a light-hearted novel about the residents of a small nursing home. They deal with the facts of aging, the monotony of the home’s (necessary) schedule, and the fear of being relegated to the “other” nursing home if their health and abilities deteriorate. Enter: a granddaughter dealing with alcohol addiction. The residents support each other and the young woman, and we see everyone share wisdom, compassion and love. And the hired caregivers – we should all be so lucky!
5.0 out of 5 stars What an amazing story
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 27, 2020
I don’t think I’ll ever forget this book.
I found that getting inside the head of an 88-year-old was strangely freeing, and his world at Centennial, the assisted living place he calls home, wasn’t as claustrophobic as I’d always imagined it to be. I also learned that one of my big life fears–that I will end up in a stage in life where I have nothing left to do other than wait for the end–is absolutely not inevitable. Duffy, our hero, and yes, he’s a hero, has a purpose that drives him, even though his body doesn’t work the way it used to, and his choices are limited by circumstance.
One of things I loved about this book was the dialogue. Some of it’s funny, and some of it’s heartbreaking, and all of it is well written. The characters are excellently drawn, and I think other than Duffy, who you just have to love, it’s Josie, the young woman who crawls through the bedroom window, who’s my real favorite. She’s believable and likeable, but more importantly she’s the perfect instrument to put Duffy under pressure, and he needs that to spur him into both external action and internal growth.
I’ll put it this way: I totally want to spend Christmas eve at Centennial with Duffy and Carl and all these lovely people, playing bingo and eating pudding,and I kinda didn’t expect to have that reaction. I recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written character-driven stories, but especially to anyone who might be dealing with loved ones who are going through those inevitable changes that will one day come to all of us.
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