“Judgment Day is remarkable for several reasons. First and foremost, it’s a good book. It’s also short, sharp and, though it addresses important questions, thoroughly unpretentious . . . The beauty of Judgment Day is that it offers big themes through humble subject matter.”Elizabeth Noyes, Boston Sunday Globe
978-0-8021-3966-5 • $13.00 • Paperback • Mar. 2003
Judgment Day takes us into the life of Clare Paling, who has just moved with her family to Laddenham, a seemingly drowsy village enlivened by sideshows of adultery and gossip. An avowed agnostic who has a preoccupation with the savagery of fate, Clare is nonetheless caught up in the restoration of the church, even inciting the villagers to put on a pageant that re-creates the church’s dark past. With flawless precision, Lively brings the village and its inhabitants to life as an unpardonable death reminds them all that the world is a very uncertain place.