From the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie, a new novel that millions of fans have been waiting for.
"Every family is a ghost story..."
Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.
For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
As a child, Charley "Chick" 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 the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.
Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.
He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother - who died eight years earlier - is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.
What follows is the one "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. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.
Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love - and may have thought they'd lost - in their own lives. For One More Day is a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom's millions of fans worldwide.
In this second novel from Tuesdays with Morrie and The 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)
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1 . Loved it!
Posted November 10, 2011 by Jacquelyn , ManhattanI have all of Mitch Albom books. All I have to say is I Love reading his books.
2 . Mitch Albom doesn't disappoint!
Posted January 13, 2011 by Jehknee , Miami, FLLike Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, One More Day is a relatively short tale that inspires the reader to reflect on their life, and approach the future with a positive outlook, and an open heart and mind. I love Albom's style of writing. He really never does disappoint.
3 . A Must Read Book
Posted May 01, 2010 by Cindy K. , Shelby,NCI've enjoyed all of Mitch Albom's books. They always touch my heart and just really make me feel as if I know the characters. "For One More Day" touched my heart a little more than the others. You will not be able to put this book down until you finish it. And even then you will find yourself thinking about the wonderful characters and the way they interact with each other. There is a great surprise ending. If you enjoy a well written story with believable characters that sometimes hit close to home with you in the things you do, then you should read this book.
4 . Great Story
Posted December 29, 2009 by Cathy , Rotonda WestThis is a wonderful book. I frequently have people down to visit and keep it in my library for the beach goers. Doesn't take long to read and is just a wonderful story.
September 25, 2006
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