Are there times when you liked the book, but the ending––––not so much? Are there times when you disliked the ending of a story so intensely you would change it if you could? And, if that is true, do you know how you would change the ending?

Some us are addicted to happy endings. Other readers are more likely to take a story for what it is, an interesting creation, but…..still, it might be more perfect if… And occasionally there is a reader who would like to make sure the fate of each character is the result of the seeds sown by that character. Interesting to think where individual readers fit on this continuum.

The books listed here may have been ones with endings you wish you could change.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Would you have had Anna doing something other than laying herself on the train tracks?

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Did you want things to end differently for Nick and Amy?

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Did you wish for another ending for the main character Theo. I wanted more for him, whether he deserved it or not.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I confess I wanted Werner to survive. Did you?

Benediction by Kent Haruf
Did you want a different fate for the minister in this story? Did you accept the inevitability of the end of Dad Lewis’ life? Who did you think should have the hardware store?

Finish this list by adding other titles, classic or recent, with endings you would like to change. Maybe Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline or….well, you tell me.

Thanks for joining the discussion.

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