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The Rockin’ Chair, by Steven Manchester ($14.95)
Summary of The Rockin’ Chair
Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.
Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.
A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, The Rockin’ Chair is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.
My summary of The Rockin’ Chair
Wow. Now here’s a book that is completely and wholly in my “wheelhouse.” And, boy oh boy, was I not disappointed in The Rockin’ Chair. I had two grandmothers who suffered with Alzheimer’s, so I was so able to relate to the confusion and the struggles that one goes through with a loved one with this condition.
But when each of my grandmothers died, that was it…I didn’t get the opportunity to piece together parts of our family’s lives or get unanswered questions resolved. It just…ended. And when a loved one struggles with Alzheimer’s, you are the one who remembers all the things you want to know, all the questions you want answered, and all the remaining issues/events that still need clarification. And, more often than not, it’s too late. And all those answers and all that information dies with them…trust me, I know how that goes, two times over. It’s heartbreaking and disheartening, and it makes you feel like there’s a portion of you, your past, and your family that you just will never…fully know or understand. It’s a bitter pill to swallow.
But with The Rockin’ Chair — which is written in a style that is so engaging and charming and warm — Steven Manchester weaves together a story that tells compelling and relatable stories, stories about themselves and their family…stories not unlike those we all have. But when a death occurs, hopefully you will be able to gather around your loved ones and reminisce and discuss your past and your feelings — in a healthy and productive way. I know it can go either way, and trust me — you want it to go this way. I have never read a Steven Manchester book before, but if The Rockin’ Chair is any indicator, I’ll be on the lookout for more.
See for yourself…
An excerpt from The Rockin’ Chair:
About the author of The Rockin’ Chair
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestseller Twelve Months, Goodnight, Brian, and several other books. 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. You can follow Steven Manchester on Facebook or check out Steven Manchester’s blog.
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