After looking at multiple reviews for Millard Salter's Last Day, it seems to be one of those that you either really like or not so much. I am of the former group. I have read other books written by Jacob Appel and have always enjoyed his writing, his off the wall perspective and quirky humor, and this one was no exception.
Millard Salter is a psychiatrist who is having his 75th birthday and after watching loved ones die slow painful deaths, he decides he wants to choose when he will pass before he develops something and starts suffering. He doesn't want his family to remember him wasting away but enjoying life. Add to that, he feels like a relic of the past-- all of the fabric of his memories (landmarks, songs, celebrities) are long gone and anyone that would remember them (at least that he knows) is long gone too. He has it all planned out, and during the course of his final day, he has the most calamitous experiences ever! He wants to be remembered as a hero and prays for a mugger or some other criminal he can stop in the process of committing a crime and on cue, trips would-be mugger while the hood is running away only to find the muggee and others yelling at him that he had interrupted a film sequence. While at lunch with his lazy layabout son (that he blames himself for not guiding him better) they are hit with shrapnel from an explosion across the street. In his office he ends up being mauled by a lost lynx, and when visiting his wife's grave he finds someone else has recently been buried in his spot. Not to mention the run-ins he has with crazy co-workers and sad patients. But throughout this final day, he starts to wonder if it is such a good idea? Maybe his wayward son needs him around to push him in the right direction? Maybe a miracle will happen with Delilah (the woman he has fallen in love with who is truly dying) and her life will be prolonged? Perhaps he can still help some patients? Maybe the world still needs a dose of him so that they don't forget the things of the past?
I found the book marvelously written and edited-- no typos. I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review--thank you!