For One More Day (Paperback)
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DescriptionEvery 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.
- Published: 24 February 2007
- Format: Paperback 208 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780751537505 ISBN 10: 0751537500
- Sales rank: 9,319
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Reviews for For One More Day
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Longing for a lost loved one
This book was hard to read for me, not because it's awful, but because of how I can relate to the story. I started reading the book in March 2013 when my mom was still alive (but who was dying of cancer at that point), and when I found out that the story was about a man seeing the ghost of her mother and experiencing a day with her, it felt too painful for me to continue so I didn't read it for a few months. A couple of months after my mom passed away, I felt that I could continue. Some scenes in the book reminded me strongly of my mother, and I had to push myself to keep reading just so I don't get bogged down on an emotional scene.
Story-wise it's entertaining enough. There's a "twist" in the end which I didn't expect because I've forgotten if the author delves into twist-endings or not. (I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven before but only vaguely remember a twist). Come to think of it, the book sounds the same like The Five People, about souls meeting other souls who had an impact in ones lives.
I'm more of a crime/thriller reader, but once in a while I crave these kind of emotional stories. I'm glad I read it. by John Paul Solatorio