The Rockin’ Chair
by Steven Manchester
on Tour July 1 – August 31
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Number of Pages: 242
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.
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Reader review . . .
At the end, all we have are our memories. As John’s wife Alice lay dying, Alzheimer’s had taken even that from her, so it’s up to him to remember for both of them. After her death, their family gathers for the first time in years. Together, they face their memories, good and bad.
Steven Manchester has outdone himself with this novel of regrets, memories, love and anger. The McCarthy family, like so many others, has been splintered apart by things said and unsaid. Each family member looks at the past from their own point of view without understanding the point of view of others. This, of course, has brought them to an almost irreparable breach.
At times, the story is almost too painful to read. It is almost as though the reader is eavesdropping on private conversations. While reading the novel, one can’t help but think of all the missed opportunities and misunderstandings in their own past. However, I don’t mean to dissuade anyone from reading this excellent fourth book from the author. Read it and apply the lessons learned to your own life; don’t wait until it’s too late to reach out to those you love, and above all, never fail to appreciate your memories, both good and bad. Your past made you what you are today.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Providence Book Promotions. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”