The first book I read of Mitch Albom’s was The Five People You Meet in Heaven. My recollection of it is hazy; I think I read it back when I was a teenager, and I have a vague memory of either my step-dad or step-brother recommending it to me, though I could be making that up completely. I have a better recollection of Tuesdays with Morrie – I book whose movie adaptation I enjoyed almost as much as the novel that inspired it. Suffice it to say it’s been well over a decade since I last read anything of Albom’s, and so when my friend David Wade bought a copy of For One More Day from beautiful Bouquiniste Book Café while en route back from my birthday getaway in nearby Broughton Vale, I soon after borrowed it.
For One More Day Book Review
The sort of book that you know is going to be a tear-jerker from the moment you start it, For One More Day tells the tale of Charley ‘Chick’ Benetto, whose life is in ruins. After a failed suicide attempt, he gets to spend one more day with his late mother, and, via a series of flashbacks and a wistful journey which encounters a strange and enigmatic tryst with the ghost of the past, the heartbreaking tale unfolds.
Part ghost-story, part exploration of the complexities of a mother and child-relationship, For One More Day asks the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
A simple yet layered story that is powerful, poignant, tender and touching, and – above all – redemptive, For One More Day is a wonderful tale of the power of love and the importance of forgiveness. Mitch Albom beautifully captures the spirit of what it means to live as flawed persons in a flawed and imperfect world and delivers and unforgettable tale that will make its readers want to hold their loved ones a little bit closer than ever before.
For One More Day by Mitch Albom Summary
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.
Mitch Albom’s website has a wealth of resources – from reading group guides to further information on his charity work – and is well worth a visit.
Mitch Albom Author Bio
Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.
More Mitch Albom Books
Mitch Albom’s other books include Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Have a Little Faith.
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