For One More Day
This is the story of Charley, a child of divorce who is always forced to choose between his mother and his father. He grows into a man and starts a family of his own. But one fateful weekend, he leaves his mother to secretly be with his father - and she dies while he is gone. This haunts him for years. It unravels his own young family. It leads him to depression and drunkenness. One night, he decides to take his life. But somewhere between this world and the next, he encounters his mother again, in their hometown, and gets to spend one last day with her - the day he missed and always wished he'd had. He asks the questions many of us yearn to ask, the questions we never ask while our parents are alive. By the end of this magical day, Charley discovers how little he really knew about his mother, the secret of how her love saved their family, and how deeply he wants the second chance to save his own.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mfdavis - LibraryThing
I listened to this on CD -- it is read by the author, who does a pretty good job. I enjoyed the book, & it has a tiny twist at the end which I didn't see coming. Read full review
Charlie “ Chick “ Benito and ex-professional baseball player who like Job of bible days gets a second chance and an amazing blessing from sudden and tragic misfortune .In his second book , Albom weaves a story of baseball , an unforgetable loving mother , a family ghost , and surprising Scroogelike visits that should appeal to sportsfans and nonsports fans alike . As I “journeyed “ with Charley Benetto, contemplating his disappointing yet astonishing life, it left me wishing that Chick was a real person . However , this short tale reminded me in a very thought provoking way that my life is real and like the former Pirates catcher any of our closets can be cleaned of most the skeleton’s and missed opportunities that take our gaze off those around us and the life that remains in front us . It’s a bargain table quick read from the author of “Tuesdays with Morie” that I will confidently recommend and/or pass around to fellow readers.