Wednesday, January 16, 2008

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I just received For One More Day for Christmas from my brother-in-law. It is the first book I've read by Mitch Albom and has been on my "to-read" list for awhile.

For One More Day tells the story of Charley "Chick" Benetto and his relationship with his mother, Pauline (Posey). Chick had a brief career as a baseball player, married, had an unsatisfying career in sales, and eventually lost it all into depression and booze after his mother's death. He is so far removed that his own daughter doesn't invite him to her wedding. Chick tries to commit suicide and returns to his childhood home only to find his dead mother waiting for him. He spends the day with her revisiting his troubled childhood (his dad left and never came back) and decisions that he made that he later regretted, especially the times he didn't stand up for his mother.

This novel was a brief, interesting read. It is a beautiful, simple story of a mother's love for her son, and how a son can take it for granted until it's too late. It also poses an interesting question, if you had one more day to spend with a deceased loved one, who would it be?

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