By Steven Manchester
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
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.