The Pleasure Was Mine
It seems as though I have been finding more ‘new’ (that is new to me you understand) authors during the past few months. Tommy Hays is executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Ashville and creative writing chair for the Academy at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
I purchased The Pleasure Was Mine because of the Greenville, South Carolina locale in the novel. My Sammon ancestors were from Greenville, and I have always been interested in this area of South Carolina. Additionally, marriages within my Sammon family include Marchbank/Marshbank spouses – so there was a double ‘hook.’
From the book’s jacket:
The Pleasure Was Mine takes place during a critical summer in the life of Prate Marshbanks, when he retires to care for his wife, who is gradually slipping away.
Prate Marshbanks’ wife has Alzheimer’s and “to complicate things, Prate’s son, Newell, a recently widowed single father, asks Prate to keep nine-year-old Jackson for the summer. Though Prate is irritated at first by the presence of his moody grandson, over the summer his feelings toward Jackson change as his grandson helps him tend Irene.”
Josephine Humphreys writes that this book was “a tender and gentle story about long-term love and kinship . . . The Pleasure Was Mine illuminates one of the toughest challenges a family may face. With his deft touch for humor and a generous sympathy for his characters, Tommy reveals the chance for fresh starts where we thought there were only endings.”
Posted on December 14, 2009, in Alzheimer's, Books and tagged Alzheimer's, books, Greenville South Carolina, Marchbank, Marshbank, reading, Sammon, The Pleasure Was Mine, Tommy Hays, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.