The End centers on five friends in Rio de Janeiro who, nearing the end of their lives, are left with memories - of parties, marriages, divorces, fixations, inhibitions, bad decisions - and the physical indignities of aging. For all of them, successful careers, personal revelations, and Zen serenity are out of the question, blocked by a seemingly insurmountable wall of frustrations. Orbiting around them are a priest questioning his vocation and a cast of complicated women, neglected and embattled by these self-involved men.
"The End is an impressive and dizzying narrative that gathers meaning around the many misfortunes, climaxes, offenses, triumphs, and disappointments that constitute a life or, in this case, lives. Five friends in Rio recount their stories as they grapple with the uncertainty of their imminent deaths. As readers, we get the unique pleasure of seeing the many watershed moments that change the course of a friendship from an array of perspectives. For the life of me, I can't understand how Fernanda Torres keeps this rich cast of characters and buffet of absorbing action straight. One can merely delight in the complexity of life presented in these pages, understood all the better through the lens of death." --John Gibbs, Green Apple Books on the Park (San Francisco, CA)
Fernanda Torres was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1965. She is an actress and writer. She has enjoyed a successful career in the theatre, cinema and on television for thirty-five years and has received many awards, including Best Actress at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. She is a columnist for the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo and the magazine Veja-Rio and contributes to the magazine Piaui. The End is her first novel. Alison Entrekin has translated a number of works by Brazilian and Portuguese authors, including Clarice Lispector, Paulo Lins, and Chico Buarque.