I recently had the luxury of luxuries to have a several hour flight with no company but Millard Salter telling me about his last day. This circadian novel not only runs through one day, but also serves as a delightful page turner that can be binge read in a day easily. Jacob M. Appel delicately draws a full character, his strengths, flaws, perceptions that the reader is at once drawn in but also left comfortable listening to this old friend or family member. Appel should be commended for his use of language so perfectly chosen, there are no moments unused, no passages out of tone.
Millard Salter’s Last Day contains all the elements of a complete read, a perfectly told read, at a pace that can be read without breaks. The character is a deliberate, educated, psychiatrist, the perfect character to describe his own thoughts and choices for all to understand through the author’s words.For example, Millard’s relationships with his children and wives are discussed in detail sufficient to justify why he made his choices, but feel like your brilliant, old friend just told you their bad idea and you want to tell them how wrong they are.
It makes a perfect book club read as well because of the moral judgments that could be discussed at length in a group. The publisher appears to have prepared for this with a handy set of notes and questions for book groups in the back. I’d highly recommend this to anyone looking for their next fiction read.