One Vacant Chair: A Novel

Front Cover
Graywolf Press, Sep 30, 2008 - Fiction - 288 pages
51 Reviews
One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer It’s where you sit down that determines everything in life.

Sarah’s aunt Edna paints portraits of chairs. Not people in chairs, just chairs. The old house is filled with her paintings, and the chairs themselves surround her work—a silent yet vigilant audience. At the funeral of Grandma Hutton—whom Edna has cared for through a long and vague illness—Sarah begins helping her aunt clean up the last of a life. This includes honoring Grandma’s surprising wish to have her ashes scattered in Scotland. As the novel turns from the oppressive heat of Texas to the misty beauty of Scotland, Sarah learns of her aunt’s remarkable secret life and comes to fully understand the fragile business of living, and even of dying.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
17
4 stars
23
3 stars
4
2 stars
2
1 star
5

Review: One Vacant Chair

User Review  - Chelsea - Goodreads

I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The dialogue between the characters was fantastic, and it kept taking turns I wasn't expecting. Read full review

Review: One Vacant Chair

User Review  - Dixie Brown - Goodreads

Enjoyed this author. Three stars is not quite accurate more like 3.5 stars. Will read books by Joe Coomer. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
104
Section 3
117
Copyright

12 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Joe Coomer is the author of Pocketful of Names, Apologizing to Dogs, Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, The Loop, Sailing in a Spoonful of Water, and Dream House. He lives in Texas and Maine.

Bibliographic information