'Every family is a ghost story ...' As a child, Charley Benetto was told by his father, 'You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both.' So he chooses his father, only to see him disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been destroyed by alcohol and regret. He ...
'Every family is a ghost story ...' As a child, Charley Benetto was told by his father, 'You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both.' So he chooses his father, only to see him disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been destroyed by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits rock bottom after discovering he won't be invited to his only daughter's wedding. And he decides to take his own life. Charley makes a midnight ride to his small hometown: his final journey. But as he staggers into his old house, he makes an astonishing discovery. His mother - who died eight years earlier - is there, and welcomes Charley home as if nothing had ever happened. What follows is the one seemingly ordinary day so many of us yearn for: a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets and to seek forgiveness.
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Another great book by Mitch Albom! Another book that everyone of any age should read!
Aug 1, 2010
Mitch Albom scores another hit
For One More Day is a great piece of suspense writing. As you work through the story with its graphic insights into life as it is or life as it seems to be one is taken with the direction of the story. "Surprise Ending" doesn't exactly fit, but comes close. Delightful story, well told with significant life lessons to be learned. Recommended reading.
Oct 3, 2009
wonderful book. Touching and very well written. I am now a Mitch Albom fan. This book is just as good as Tuesdays and the author seems to have captured the feelings of all those who wish for "one more day" if not to say what you forgot to say, but to remember all you did. The storytelling is fluid and concise. I would without a doubt recommend all of his books.
Mar 29, 2009
A tribute to motherhood
For One More Day raises the question in the reader's mind, "What would l want to say to my deceased mom, if I could have one more day with her?" In true Albom style this book examines the life of a man who came of age with the shadow of divorce cast upon his childhood. Raised by an All-American mom he realizes too late how much she gave up in order to provide a good life for her children. The story has common elements for many of us whose parents were among the first on the block to divorce. This book cast my memory back to those days and expectations placed upon my own hard-working mother. For a few hours I recalled pictures and memories my mind had placed just out of reach. Very satisfying.
Jan 24, 2008
FOR ONE MORE DAY
I purchased this book for friends of mine who had lost someone special in their lives this past year...it was a very touching book and it touched our hearts to see in a book how we could have ONE MORE DAY with that one we loved.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-06 In Albom's, second novel, retired baseball player Charley "Chick" Benetto-facing the pain of unfulfilled ambitions, alcohol abuse, divorce, and estrangement from a grown daughter-returns to his abandoned childhood home and attempts suicide in a bungling fit of rage. He encounters the spirit of his deceased mother, Pauline "Posey" Benetto, who Chick thoughtlessly took for granted during both his formative years as cocky athlete and his booze-soaked adulthood. Miraculously, Chick can now apologize to Posey for his ingratitude concerning the sacrifices she made as a single, working mother. Albom narrates with finesse, particularly in Chick's wistful litany of his mother's pearls of wisdom, "A child embarrassed by his mother is just a child who hasn't lived long enough." If Posey's truisms may not necessarily break new literary ground, Albom deserves credit for giving her depth and complexity that transcend familiar pop culture notions of motherhood in '50s America. The gentle strumming of musical accompaniment befits Albom's brand of writing. This "ghost story" provides an affirming tale of moral instruction and emotional catharsis. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 28). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-08-28 In this second novel from Tuesdays with Morrie andThe Five People You Meet in Heaven author Albom, grief-stricken Charles "Chick" Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an "as told to" story, Chick quickly narrates her funeral; his drink-fueled loss of savings, job ("sales") and family; and his descent into loneliness and isolation. After a suicide attempt, Chick encounters Pauline's ghost. Together, the two revisit Pauline's travails raising her children alone after his father abandons them: she braves the town's disapproval of her divorce and works at a beauty parlor, taking an extra job to put money aside for the children's education. Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career. Through their story, Albom foregrounds family sanctity, maternal self-sacrifice and the destructive power of personal ambition and male self-involvement. He wields pathos as if it were a Louisville Slugger-shoveling dirt into Pauline's grave, Chick hears her spirit cry out, " 'Oh, Charley. How could you-' "-but Albom often strikes a nerve on his way to the heart. (Sept. 26) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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