The End of the Story by Lydia Davis

The End of the Story

Lydia Davis

231 pages first pub 1994 (editions)

fiction literary reflective slow-paced


Mislabeled boxes, problems with visiting nurses, confusing notes, an outing to the county fair--such are the obstacles in the way of the unnamed narrator of The End of the Story as she attempts to organize her memories of a love affair into a nove...

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Community Reviews Summary of 202 reviews


reflective 87%
emotional 75%
challenging 25%
sad 25%
adventurous 12%
dark 12%
funny 12%
mysterious 12%
tense 12%


slow 66%
medium 33%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | N/A: 20%

Strong character development?

No: 50% | Yes: 33% | N/A: 16%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 60% | No: 40%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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