FOR ONE MORE DAY by Mitch Albom

Posted: November 22, 2013 by BA Dillon in GUEST REVIEWERS - FICTION

for one more dayReviewed by BA Dillon

When most people think of Mitch Albom, they think of his New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, or Tuesdays with Morrie. But this one – it struck a chord with me. Today, I write this review on the anniversary of my own father’s death. What I wouldn’t give for just one more day …

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and the relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. It asks the question – what would you do with just one more day with that loved one you miss so much? Charley Benetto is a broken man. The father he worshiped, disappears and Charley is raised by his single-parent mother. As an adult, Charley’s life is crumbling around him. He’s an alcoholic, and he’s lost his job. He leaves his family, and learns his only daughter has excluded him from her wedding. So he makes a decision to take his own life – but fails at that as well. Staggering back into his hometown he stumbles into his boyhood home and makes a startling discovery.

This 200+ page book is a quick and easy read with a simple message of love. Albom is a gifted storyteller who creates characters who are real and flawed. This is a dialogue drive story that I laughed and cried through, all while wishing that I too – had one more day.

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