Ashes By Steven Manchester
"Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for.
At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, ASHES puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal."
'Ashes' was quite some story about two brother Tom and Jason Prendergast. These two brothers
hadn't been together for many years mainly due to their hateful abusive father and now he was dead and had requested them to make a drive together to Seattle in order to take and spread his ashes. Now, they had to do this in order to get the 'contents of a sealed envelope their father had lift with his lawyer.' At this point I wondered why it was so important to get this envelope especially since the way their father had mistreated them so horribly while growing up. What in the world world would this man be leaving them that was worth this trip? What turns out to be a trip from hell also turns out to to be so much more as these two brothers travel together to Seattle. What these two brothers find out during this trip will truly have you shaking your head and saying how more crueler could this father have been! Wow! I don't want to spoil it for you the reader other than saying this is one well written story to pick up and read. I enjoyed how this author was able to give the reader a little humor and even some tears in the midst of what all was going on in this read. In the end will these two brothers be able to get over the abuse they both suffered during their dysfunctional childhood and now they were both parents how has this affected their present life? I liked how this author puts the storyline together with answering all the questions....to how will this trip end? Along the trip who all did they come in contact with? Was this trip with getting that 'envelope' left from their father? What happens in Tom and Jason's 'brotherly relationship' after this trip? All of these questions and so much more will be answered fully in this excellent read.
So, be ready for a very tensed, emotional journey, sentimental, a travel across country, little mystery and even some humor as "Ashes" will bring it all to you front and center all the way to the very end. Would I recommend? YES!