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Mother-son relationships, regrets and redemption
on August 10, 2011
This was a beautiful story about mother-son relationships, although it makes a statement for all parent-child relationships. It was remarkable the way Charley was able to think back on this life and reflect on the times his mother sacrificed and put him first as well as the times he put himself first, forgetting about his mother. I think he called it "times my mother stood up for me" and "times I didn't stand up for my mother". The book is basically about how we recognize as adults how we didn't appreciate all our mothers did for us at the time...but how could we? We don't realize what a special love a mother has for her child until we're grown and have either gained life experience or had children ourselves.
In this book, Charley has the unique opportunity to have one more day with his mother and to tell her all he wanted and needed to say before she died. That's a fantasy for all of us who have lost a loved one, I guess. I'd have given this book another star or two if the author had perhaps written a bit more. It was rather simple and could have used more depth.