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by Steven Manchester
on Tour February 19 – April 21, 2017
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Number of Pages: 260
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other’s company. It’s either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he’s left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, Ashes puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.
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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
My Honest Review:
I began reading Steven Manchester’s works a few years ago, and have truly loved his style of writing. He keeps things honest, and real. Each story is something someone can relate to. Ashes is no different. Although I had a good childhood, with good parents, and still talk to my siblings, I know that’s not the case for many people. Abusive parents, overbearing siblings, broken homes – whatever heartache you went through as a child, this books aims to talk to you. I have been drawn into Ashes and truly enjoy the story, and premise of family and what family should be.
What I did not like about this book, however, was the language. I understand why Mr Manchester used the language he did. It fits the circumstances, and the characters, but it is hard for me to read when a book becomes this prolific. There is also a few instances of adult content – dreams, fantasies. Nothing explicitly descriptive, but it is there. If language and/or adult content bothers you, I would not suggest reading this one.
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