For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that lasts a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?
Charley Benetto's parents split up when he was 11-years-old. He doesn't know why. But he pretty much always assumed it was his mom's fault, since his dad left and didn't come back. The book does a lot of flashing back in time. Charley reflects on all the times his mom stood up for him, and all the times he did NOT stand up for his mom.
Charley's dad's dream was for Charley to make it to the big leagues as a baseball player. Charley does make it to the big leagues, but for a very short time. After that, to be honest, his life goes to hell in a handbasket. He screws up. A lot. It all wears on him to the point that he thinks there is nothing left to live for and he decides to take his own life.
That's when his mom shows up. Forget the fact that she's been dead for eight years. She's there and he spends the day with her. And she opens his eyes.
I have to start by saying that I love Mitch Albom's books. Tuesdays with Morrie was a great read. The Five People You Meet In Heaven is one of my favorite books - ever. But his books are not gripping. They're not necessarily going to have you on the edge of your seat. But they will have you looking at yourself, your life, and the people in your life in a different way.
What the New York Times said about For One More Day - "A book with the genuine power to stir and comfort its readers."
To stir and comfort . . . that is what this book did for me. It wasn't that I couldn't put it down. In fact, I did. There was another book out that I wanted to read. But I came back to this one, because if there is one thing I like about Albom's books, it is that I always feel . . . better for having read them. A better person? I don't know - maybe. More enlightened? Too hoodie-guru for me. Just better. I can't say it any other way than that.
I liked this book. Enough that I won't be hawking it at the Half Priced Bookstore anytime soon. It's one that I think I want my kids to read someday, so I'll save it for them. That, in itself, says a lot for the book in my mind.