Ashes by Steven Manchester
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.
What I Thought:
This is the third book I’ve read by this author and like the other two, I loved it.
The story is sad because of the way the boys were raised, but there is is humor too. Also, a meeting that Jason and Tom had with someone brought a change to the story. I loved that part! The meeting brought a warmth to the book and a new way of looking at things for both Jason and Tom.
I love stories about relationships and this book was full of them. Jason and Tom were great characters. They both had flaws and issues of their own, as well as a badly marred relationship, but being stuck in a car together for days could have only turned out one of two ways, and I’m glad it turned out the way it did.
A quick read, and a very good book!