Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Pleasure Was Mine

The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays is one of my favorite books. The main character, Prate Marshall is losing his beloved wife. She has Alzheimer's. He has had to place her in an assisted living home. As his wife Irene's memory fades, Prate is confronted with the past, present, and future all at once. And if Prate's life isn't already complicated, he has his nine year old grandson to look after for the summer. The boy's father is recently widowed. Irene was the doting grandma while Prate had been the grouchy old grandpa. Over the summer, the Marshall men struggle to come to terms with a life without the women who loved them.

Although the subject matter is dramatic, there are plenty of humorous moments within the story. If you are looking for a good book, one that will make you laugh and make you cry, then I highly recommend this one.

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