BOOK REVIEW

  THE DEATH AND LIFE OF CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
                           BEN SHERWOOD

Sam and Charlie's mom was working late one night.  The two brothers came home from school and had "mischief" on their minds.  They talked about going to a movie but that seemed too boring.  Charlie pulled out two tickets from his pocket.  They were tickets to the Red Sox game.  They were scheduled to play the Yankees.  Sam asked how they would get there.  He jokingly said, "Are we going to fly?"  Charlie told him not to worry.  It just so happened that their neighbor, Mrs. Pung, was on vacation.  Charlie told Sam they could "borrow" her car.  Sam was concerned because Charlie didn't even have a driver's license.  So begins the moving journey of what happened next.

After the game, the boys got in the car and headed home.  Charlie noticed the moon flickering on the railings of the drawbridge.  He looked to the right to take a better look and stepped on the gas - then came the terrible accident that killed Sam. 

Many years later, Charlie works at the cemetery where Sam is buried.  He takes care of the lawn and monuments.  In the evening, something miraculous happens.  Charlie plays catch with his brother, Sam.  This is all part of Charlie's promise to Sam that he would never leave him.

Tess Caroll enters Charlie's life.  She is training for a solo sailing trip around the world.  What happens between Charlie and Tess?  What connection do the two have?

Ben Sherwood has written a very moving story.  The author does an extraordinary job of giving us memorable characters that will remain with his for some time.  The book will bring tears to your eyes when you read of the closeness between the two brothers and at the same time, it will make you laugh.  Most of all, this book will make you really think.  Buy this one - you will not be disappointed!

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY EATON

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