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The Big Finish

por Brooke Fossey

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"An unlikely friendship between a curmudgeonly old man and a desperate young woman delivers a funny and uplifting message about the power of human connection and how it's never too late to be the person you wanted to be. Eighty-eight-year-old Duffy Sinclair wants the last leg of his bachelor life to be strictly predictable, so Centennial Assisted Living is perfect: low-sodium meals, off-key sing-alongs, and the company of his best pal and roommate, Carl. It may not sound like much, but compared to the piss-smelling, roach-infested nursing home down the road, Centennial is paradise. There's only one problem: Carl's estranged granddaughter, Josie, has just clambered through their bedroom window. Though she claims it's a well-intentioned visit, her bare feet and black eye say otherwise. Carl begs Duffy to let her stay--she's all that's left of his family. But hiding her means risking eviction, and Duffy would rather die than move, just like he would rather die than fall off the wagon again. That's why when he sniffs out Josie's alcoholic tendencies, he has no choice but to go against Carl's wishes and chase her off. But before Duffy knows it, Josie's heartfelt plight has won him over, and he finds himself risking everything he has left to save his newfound family and discover what it really means to live"--… (mais)
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Didn’t finish. Was expecting something totally different than what the story was. ( )
  kimwalsh814 | May 24, 2024 |
It was a kindle library loan
  Ferg.ma | Apr 13, 2024 |
Much better than I was expecting. Sweet, sad, hopeful. Kirkus: In Fossey's debut, a grumpy assisted living resident realizes his life still has surprises in store.Duffy Sinclair, 88, knows he didn?t make the most of his life. He spent years of it as an alcoholic, but in his sober old age he?s finally found a home at Centennial, an assisted living facility. He has a best friendhis roommate, Carl, who shares everything with him. He has crushes and nemeses and playful banter with the staff members. Things are perfect¥except that Centennial?s new owner will use any excuse to kick residents out so she can rent their rooms for more money, leaving them no option but a poorly run nursing home. Duffy tries to be on his best behavior and stay in line¥but then a young woman tumbles through his window. It turns out she?s Carl?s granddaughter¥one Duffy never knew he had. She has a black eye, an alcohol problem, and nowhere to stay¥and Carl thinks she should camp out in their room. Duffy knows that getting caught hiding an alcoholic 20-something would earn him an immediate one-way ticket out of Centennial, and at first he tells Carl and Josie no way. But as he gets to know Josie and see the kind of pain he knows all too well, Duffy realizes he might finally have a chance to make up for all those wasted years. Duffy is cantankerous, gruff, and occasionally unkind, but his head is always an entertaining place to be. It?s clear that he cares deeply about his friends and fellow Centennial residents, and it?s impossible not to root for him. Fossey manages to depict the struggles of the elderly, whose concerns aren?t often examined in fiction, in a way that?s both respectful and entertaining.A moving, funny, and ultimately hopeful look at what makes life meaningful.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
I loved every second of this book!!! ( )
  cfulton20 | Nov 13, 2023 |
3.5 I listened to this selection thanks to the Seattle Public Library's fantastic "Your Next Five Books" program. In some ways, it's a dark book, but it also offers hope and some humor. I love that it was written by an Aerospace Engineer turned writer. ( )
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"An unlikely friendship between a curmudgeonly old man and a desperate young woman delivers a funny and uplifting message about the power of human connection and how it's never too late to be the person you wanted to be. Eighty-eight-year-old Duffy Sinclair wants the last leg of his bachelor life to be strictly predictable, so Centennial Assisted Living is perfect: low-sodium meals, off-key sing-alongs, and the company of his best pal and roommate, Carl. It may not sound like much, but compared to the piss-smelling, roach-infested nursing home down the road, Centennial is paradise. There's only one problem: Carl's estranged granddaughter, Josie, has just clambered through their bedroom window. Though she claims it's a well-intentioned visit, her bare feet and black eye say otherwise. Carl begs Duffy to let her stay--she's all that's left of his family. But hiding her means risking eviction, and Duffy would rather die than move, just like he would rather die than fall off the wagon again. That's why when he sniffs out Josie's alcoholic tendencies, he has no choice but to go against Carl's wishes and chase her off. But before Duffy knows it, Josie's heartfelt plight has won him over, and he finds himself risking everything he has left to save his newfound family and discover what it really means to live"--

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