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Publisher's Summary

One of Goodreads Top 25 Feel-Good and Escapist Books to Read in Quarantine as seen in USA Today

"[A] funny, winning debut." (People) 

“Delightfully quirky and endearing...an absolute pleasure to read!" (Number one New York Times best-selling author Emily Giffin)

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.

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 88 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. 

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.

©2020 Brooke Fossey (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A funny, witty caper filled with charm and unexpected friendship." (Helen Simonson, New York Times best-selling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand)

"Warm, funny, and tender, The Big Finish is a journey of discovery and second chances you won't want to end." (J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times best-selling author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota

"The Big Finish is a blast; at turns madcap, hilarious and touching. With the unlikely coupling of Duffy and Josie, Fossey has created an unforgettable duo that will win your heart and keep you laughing from start to finish." (Jonathan Evison, New York Times best-selling author of Lawn Boy)

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A feel good story with some wonderful parts. The pace was too slow but the characters loveable.

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Original and moving

From the narrator to the plot, I loved this book. The book gives us a view of the later years of life. Filled with wisdom and regret, the narrator forges his way through beside dear friends, old and new, teaching and learning along the way. I felt every emotion in this one.

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Not a comedy!

The beginning of the story led me to believe that thus would be a light hearted comedy. It has a good message with some funny tidbits here and there. I don't reccomend this if you are wanting something funny.

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What a beautifully written story about newish friendships in old age, especially between gentlemen. Such is life as we are adulting. Those that we spend the most time around, sometimes become more like family than our own family. I imagine that what it’s like for those in assisted living with time on their hands to fill the day and family members sometimes too busy to visit due to working or distance. I give high praise to the staff of these facilities. Many don’t get paid near enough for living on our people.

To Mr Bramhall: You were amazing in your narration. you gave the right amount of gruff to Duffy and did an honorable job of distinguishing the other characters.

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Great Start To Finish

The Story begins in the humble setting of the Centennial nursing home in a small Texas town, but don't let that fool you. The story is in the title, a finish that ties together the themes of life, love, family, and how people make meaning in the world. I recommend this book for anybody who enjoys a deep look into the intricacies I've genuinely human characters and how they can be a reflection of each of us. The narration is great and captures the voice of the protagonist beautifully.

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SO GOOD!

The BIG FINISH is like a BIG HUG! An uplifting feel good book that will make you smile. Brooke Fossey’s debut is packed with charm, wit, hope, and heart. Duffy is an 88 year old curmudgeon living in assisted living. Duffy lived hard and played harder, but now all he wants is to stay in his current residence of Centennial. Duffy has felt at home for the first time in his life and has made a true friend in his roommate Carl. When Josie Carl’s 22 year old granddaughter shows up with a black eye and smelling of booze Duffy is worried she might throw his perfect new life into turmoil. As annoyed as Duffy is with the unexpected appearance of Josie he can’t help but have a soft spot for the girl, as he is more then familiar with the demons that she battles. What follows is a fun, touching, sometimes humorous, and sometimes emotional story that will hit you in the heart.

Duffy was a lovable grump who wormed his way into my heart. I loved the friendship between Carl and Him, it was so nice to see such a strong male friendship so late in life. I also loved the flirtation between Duffy and Alice, so sweet. All the characters in this book were so well drawn and most of them were tremendously likable. This was a quiet yet beautiful story of life and love, choices and secrets, and growing old. I enjoyed every minute I spend with these characters in this simple yet profound story.

This book in emojis 🖼 🗝 🎴 💍 ⚱️

*** Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

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A touching and humorous read!

I give The Big Finish 5-stars because it’s such an enjoyable book. It has humor sprinkled throughout, with good introspection and character connections. It takes unexpected turns and keeps you wondering what’s going to happen next and yearning for more. This book is good for any adult who’s ever had a grandpa because you’ll likely find a sentimental connection with Duffy or Carl. I highly recommend!

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Could not stand how main character would not explain himself or stand up for himself, instead letting everyone think the worst. There just wasn’t much point and it just wasn’t like him to do so.
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Great narration

What an unexpected surprise this one was! I put it on to do chores this morning and never turned it off again. The story is a solid 4 stars and the narration is a 5+ bringing it to life.

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Worst. Ending. Ever.

I think the author got bored of writing thus book and fell asleep. The End.