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The end of the day /

by North, Claire [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.Edition: First edition.Description: 403 pages ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780316316743; 0316316741.Subject(s): Death -- Fiction | Ghost stories | Death -- Fiction | FICTION -- Literary | FICTION -- Science Fiction -- Action & Adventure | FICTION -- Thrillers -- Psychological | FICTION -- Thrillers -- Suspense | Science fiction | Thrillers (Fiction.) | Fiction | Science fiction | Thrillers (Fiction) | Suspense fiction | Science fiction | Thrillers (Fiction) | Science fiction | Thrillers (Fiction)Summary: The enigmatic Charlie, a specter who travels everywhere and visits everyone marked for death, sends messages and makes profound, life-changing offers to those he meets.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A novel about life and death and a quest for moral purpose, by the acclaimed author of word-of-mouth bestseller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August . <br> "Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful."-- Kirkus <br> "Funny, ambitious, immensely humane and full of philosophical panache."-- Sunday Times <br> Sooner or later, Death visits everyone. Before that, they meet Charlie: the Harbinger. <br> Sometimes he comes as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this will be the most important meeting of your life. <br> But who will come for Charlie? <br> "A fascinating exploration of what makes us human--and a riveting journey through life, and death."-- The Bookbag <br> "Reaffirms the passion and ambition that have made North such a consistently intriguing writer."-- Locus <br> More by Claire North: The Gameshouse 84K The End of the Day The Sudden Appearance of Hope Touch The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

The enigmatic Charlie, a specter who travels everywhere and visits everyone marked for death, sends messages and makes profound, life-changing offers to those he meets.

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Library Journal Review

We meet Charlie as he takes on a new job as a Harbinger of Death, which-he is quick to remind the people he visits-just means that he is the one who comes before the end. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. He likes the job, but he journeys to some dangerous places, and his targets are not always happy to see him. Around the narrative of Charlie and his attempts to perform his duty, North (The Sudden Appearance of Hope) inserts random snatches of conversation and emotion that are sometimes disturbing, brutally mundane, and detail the activities of the Harbingers of War, Pestilence, and Famine. At first, it's not easy to see the purpose of these snippets, but the thread that pulls readers through is Charlie, who is remarkably willing to go with the flow. He visits brutal despots and blameless children, and tries to be what they need, whether it be confessor or witness. VERDICT This is a beautiful, if occasionally uncomfortable, read that resists being labeled with any particular genre. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/16.]-MM © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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