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Mitch Albom mesmerized readers around the world with his number one New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie. Now he returns with a beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother — who died eight years earlier — is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the astonishing things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.

Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love — and may have thought they'd lost — in their own lives. For One More Day is a book for anyone in a family, and will be cherished by Albom's millions of fans worldwide.

Review:

"In this first novel from Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author Albom, grief-stricken Charles 'Chick' Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an 'as told to' story, Chick quickly narrates her funeral; his drink-fueled loss of savings, job ('sales') and family; and his descent into loneliness and isolation. After a suicide attempt, Chick encounters Pauline's ghost. Together, the two revisit Pauline's travails raising her children alone after his father abandons them: she braves the town's disapproval of her divorce and works at a beauty parlor, taking an extra job to put money aside for the children's education. Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career. Through their story, Albom foregrounds family sanctity, maternal self-sacrifice and the destructive power of personal ambition and male self-involvement. He wields pathos as if it were a Louisville Slugger — shoveling dirt into Pauline's grave, Chick hears her spirit cry out, ' 'Oh, Charley. How could you?' ' — but Albom often strikes a nerve on his way to the heart. (Sept. 26)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A stunning new novel from the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Synopsis:

This stunning new novel from the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is for anyone in a family. "Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they'd lost--in their own lives.

Synopsis:

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 fatherand 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 herthe day he missed and always wished hed 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.

About the Author

Mitch Albom is the author of six previous books. A nationally syndicated columnist for the Detroit Free Press and a nationally syndicated radio host for ABC and WJR-AM, Albom has, for more than a decade, been named top sports columnist in the nation by the Sports Editors of America, the highest honor in the field. A panelist on ESPN's "Sports Reporters," Albom also regularly serves as a commentator for that network. He serves on numerous charitable boards and has founded two charities in metropolitan Detroit: The Dream Fund, which helps underprivileged youth study the arts, and A Time to Help, a monthly volunteer program. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

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rememberthis1127, May 29, 2008 (view all comments by rememberthis1127)
I think that this book is very well written and made me think to myself how precious life really is to me. I read and watched The 5 People You Meet in Heaven and fell in love with it. I began to think about the 5 I would encouter. When I read For One More Day I began to think about the people that my mother would visit, if I were spending my "last" day with her. This book takes an occurence that people only dream about(reconnecting with a loved one after they have passed) and made it seem possible. I feel like Albom really took flight and portrayed the reality of others marks on our hearts and souls after they have left this world. The book really makes the reader realize that even in our darkest hours our loved ones are there taking us under their wing whether they are in person or only in our hearts and minds.
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wmcarmichael, April 24, 2007 (view all comments by wmcarmichael)
To start out I almost put the book down, then the true lesson begins, it was a life changing book, I really enjoyed this book, and also "Tuesday's with Morrie"
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Margie, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by Margie)
I enjoyed The Five People You Meet In Heaven, as there were kernals of truth found in that book on so many levels. It continues with this book. As a matter of fact, as a former Social Worker I found the divorced family dynamics described so true in many instances that this book should be required reading for every couple with children going through divorce, as well as children themselves who are old enough to read and understand the book. One never knows what the end results will be when you only act for yourself instead of thinking of the impact the action may have on someone else.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781401303273
Author:
Albom, Mitch
Publisher:
Hyperion
Author:
Albom
Author:
Mitch
Subject:
General
Subject:
Mothers and sons
Subject:
Death
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General F this book shows us a window to wisdom and a door to greatness.</p>
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Visionary & Metaphysics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20060926
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in 9.44 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this first novel from Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven author Albom, grief-stricken Charles 'Chick' Benetto goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an 'as told to' story, Chick quickly narrates her funeral; his drink-fueled loss of savings, job ('sales') and family; and his descent into loneliness and isolation. After a suicide attempt, Chick encounters Pauline's ghost. Together, the two revisit Pauline's travails raising her children alone after his father abandons them: she braves the town's disapproval of her divorce and works at a beauty parlor, taking an extra job to put money aside for the children's education. Pauline cringes at the heartache Chick inflicted as a demanding child, obnoxious teen and brusque, oblivious adult chasing the will-o'-the-wisp of a baseball career. Through their story, Albom foregrounds family sanctity, maternal self-sacrifice and the destructive power of personal ambition and male self-involvement. He wields pathos as if it were a Louisville Slugger — shoveling dirt into Pauline's grave, Chick hears her spirit cry out, ' 'Oh, Charley. How could you?' ' — but Albom often strikes a nerve on his way to the heart. (Sept. 26)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A stunning new novel from the author of the New York Times bestsellers Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
"Synopsis" by , This stunning new novel from the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is for anyone in a family. "Through Albom's inspiring characters and masterful storytelling, readers will newly appreciate those whom they love--and may have thought they'd lost--in their own lives.
"Synopsis" by , 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 fatherand 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 herthe day he missed and always wished hed 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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