Ashes by Steven Manchester
on Tour February 19 - April 21, 2017
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Number of Pages: 260
Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, Ashes puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.
My Review: I discovered Steven Manchester a few years ago when he emailed me to review his book, Gooseberry Island. As I said in my very first review, Steven Manchester has a way of capturing emotions that is realistic and heartfelt. Ashes by Steven Manchester is no different. The difficult relationship between the brothers, Jason and Tom is very well developed. More depth is given to the characters by using flashbacks to memories from their very difficult childhood with an abusive father.
Jason and Tom’s father dies and his last request is for his sons to take his ashes across the country to Seattle. Neither Tom or Jason are very excited to spend the time together driving across the county after being estranged for years. Despite their falling out, the brothers head on the road with the feeling of just needing to make it through this trip. They have a shared history that is skillfully peppered throughout the story which gives the reader a better understanding of Jason and Tom. Jason and Tom are at points in their lives where they are re-examining their lives. Their journey will touch your heart, make you laugh out loud and if you are like me, shed a tear!
Through this trip Jason and Tom learn a lot about themselves and each other. Another well crafted, emotional story with truly authentic characters from Steven Manchester. This read is a 4 for me as I ended up staying up late to finish this book. And the ending……perfect.
My Rating Scale: 1 – didn’t like it; 2 – it was ok; 3 – liked it; 4 – really liked it; 5 – it was amazing
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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. 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 Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Tour Host Participants:Don't miss your chance to learn more about Steven Manchester & his book, Ashes! Visit the tour stops for interviews, guest posts, and lots of reviews!
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This is a rafflecopter giveaway hosted by Providence Book Promotions for Steven Manchester and The Story Plant. There will be 5 US winners of one (1) PRINT copy of Ashes by Steven Manchester. The giveaway begins on February 18th and runs through April 23rd, 2017.a Rafflecopter giveaway
**Disclosure – Ashes by Steven Manchester was received from the author and Providence Books in exchange for a fair review. All opinions are my own.