- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Story Plant, The (June 18, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161188067X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611880670
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 4/5
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.
Steven does a great job at using death as a instrument to bring generations together. Unfortunately, that is a reality for a lot of people- it isn't until someone dies that they take the time to get together and remember the good ol' days.
This book really touched a part of me. I've had death around me since a very young age, some of those closest to me have passed from this world into the next (close family friends, my sister, my mom, my dad, all of my grandparents, several aunts, several uncles). I've always felt like we should celebrate life and not just focus on the deaths. You see this in the book with the memories.
I think that Steven has done an amazing job with this book and the difficult topic that he's chosen to write about. I recommend it for those that like family orientated stories.
Steven Manchester is the author of The Rockin' Chair (to be released June 18th), as well as the #1 best seller, Twelve Months (2013 San Francisco Book Festival award winner). He is also the author of A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive) and Goodnight, Brian. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Recently, three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com