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This nicely tuned road trip novel from 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award–winner King begins in Ohio, where April Shea is a pigheaded 14-year-old girl who experiments with pot and constantly squabbles with her single mother, Marcy. Together, Marcy and April care for Marcy's 79-year-old father, Bill, a Korean War vet and retired salesman now suffering from Alzheimer's. Bill has his heart set on bringing his family together for a reunion, but with this looking ever unlikely—his two sons are perpetually out of the picture—Bill and April take off for California, where April plans on joining a band and Bill imagines he can force a reunion. Along the way, April fends off the lecherous creeps, Bill slips increasingly into his mental twilight, and Bill's children rise above their family dysfunction and band together. The spirited interplay between the gruff but wounded Bill and the perhaps too precocious April provides the most sensitive scenes in this enjoyable first novel. (Aug.)
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King’s debut spotlights one dysfunctional family whose patriarch seeks to heal old wounds. Bill Warrington’s wife died of cancer years ago, but he’s managed pretty well by himself until recently. Now that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Bill decides it’s time to bring his estranged children together while he still can. Mike, the eldest, believes he saw Bill give his mother an overdose of pain pills before she died, and has distanced himself from his father for years. Nick is still drifting aimlessly since his own wife died three years earlier. He leaves interaction with their father to their sister, Marcy, a bitter divorcée struggling to raise her 14-year-old daughter, April, who can’t wait to escape her mother’s domination. Bill hatches a plan to “kidnap” April for a summer road trip (with her at the wheel), and drops clues along the way in hopes the siblings will unite in the effort to find them. Part road odyssey, part coming-of-age tale, King’s novel achieves the exact right balance of humor, redemption, and reconciliation. --Deborah DonovanSee all Editorial Reviews
This book is about truth. Real life relationships between family members with all of the misunderstandings, hurt feelings that last a lifetime, the pain and sufferings leading to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michele M Barron
The premise of Bill Warrington's Last Chance held such promise, but for this reader, it didn't deliver. Read morePublished 5 months ago by 2LZ
The book caught me off guard. Is this his only novel? I hope there are more out there.Published 9 months ago by Lloyd
Alzheimer’s threatens to erase Bill Warrington’s connection to the people he loves most, but not before he does everything in his limited power to mend a fence torn by past... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Christine Beth Reish
An engaging story that explores a family struggling to reunite with each other in order to fulfill the wish of the family patriarch before his memory becomes too unreliable.Published 21 months ago by Tracey Tolbert
this is a book that will probably be appreciated by readers who have lived for half a century or morePublished on August 9, 2013 by Lata
I can't say this book kept me on the edge of my seat, but it kept my interest and I enjoyed it. A few areas where I skipped pages, but nothing major. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by TopCatLvr
We read this in our book group and had the author come to the meeting. Our group can be very critical of the books we read but we all truly enjoyed this one. Good characters. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by marija bryant
Maybe my difficulty with this book, had nothing to do with the book. I had a "Bill" in my life, who was difficult and cranky. He had little respect for other people. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Margie