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Ashes

By Steven Manchester

2017

Reviewed by Angie Mangino

Rating: 5 stars

 










Stu Prendergast, a cruel father, raised the brothers Tom and Jason.  Tom, the younger of the siblings is a professor. Jason is a sergeant at Southeastern Correctional Center.  Letters to both from attorney Russell Norman at the death of their father for the reading of Stu’s will reluctantly unites the estranged brothers.

 

Even at death the man torments his two sons with conditions tied to their inheritance.

 

“My final wish is that my two sons, Jason and Thomas, bring my final remains to 1165 Milford Road in Seattle, Washington, where they will spread my ashes…I’ve always been afraid to fly, so I’m asking that I not be transported by airplane, but driven by car.”

 

The strained road trip to fulfill the conditions of the will have the two men confronting the tangled roads of the past as they struggle to endure the forced confinement.

 

Readers will find themselves laughing with and crying for the brothers as they witness the many unexpected paths this journey unfurls.

 

The author’s past books have tapped the human condition in its multifaceted manifestations, pulling readers into the lives and hearts of the protagonists.  This book not only does that, but reaches an even deeper fulfilling connection, with its touch of humor that softens the blows of the truth in the unexpected twists along the way.