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Bill Warrington's Last Chance: A Novel
     

Bill Warrington's Last Chance: A Novel

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by James King
 

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ISBN-10: 0143119443

ISBN-13: 2900143119448

Pub. Date: 09/27/2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

"Part road odyssey, part coming-of-age tale, King's novel achieves the exact right balance of humor, redemption, and reconciliation." -Booklist

James King's acclaimed debut novel is a rich multigenerational saga that soars with compassion and insight into the pain and joy of family life. Confronted with a diagnosis that threatens his most

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"Part road odyssey, part coming-of-age tale, King's novel achieves the exact right balance of humor, redemption, and reconciliation." -Booklist

James King's acclaimed debut novel is a rich multigenerational saga that soars with compassion and insight into the pain and joy of family life. Confronted with a diagnosis that threatens his most cherished memories, Bill Warrington-a monumentally stubborn ex-Marine-hatches a daring scheme to grab the attention of his three grown children and patch up their differences. April, his fifteen-year-old granddaughter, wants nothing so much as to become a rock star on the West Coast, making her the perfect-and perfectly willing-abductee on a cross- country trip. With the panorama of America as its backdrop, their adventure becomes an unforgettable journey of discovery and atonement.

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ISBN-13:
2900143119448
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
304

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Bill Warrington's Last Chance 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the tale of a family that becomes dysfunctional & start to go their own ways in life after the death of their mother. Two of the kids, (Mike & Marcy) grow-up to have dysfunctional family life’s themselves; the other one: (Nick) has a short lived marriage that ends when his wife die’s of cancer. Well I, am sure that stuff like this happens in the USA all the time with families that become distant; a grand-daughter wanting to get to know her grandfather when he is coming close to death… I was-just-never-really overwhelmingly grappled by this book tho I did not dislike it. The main characters to me were one dimensional & the plotting to the climax predictable. It did not surprise me that the main title of bill’s last chance which is to make amends with his kids for something that happened to their mother was never explored but rather remained a mystery. Bill is, a troubled man that for the most part only found happiness with his wife that dies well the kids are all still young. His kids, hardly ever talk to him or come around to see him & for that matter they never even talk to each other. His granddaughter, April is a straight A student but seems to lack analytical common sense: hating her mother & giving saint-hood to her dead-beat loser dad that walked out on her & her mom. His daughter Marcy is a troubled woman that is always trying to move up in the world well raising a teenage kid that is constantly displeased with her wanting to get away from her, thinking the grass will be greener on the other side. His son Nick is a widowed journalist that is trying to start dating again; he starts with a ruthless twit that makes an idiot out of him & that will be the end of him trying to get a date in the story... His oldest, son Mike is a slime ball alcoholic salesman that commits adultery & slowly sees his life ruined. He shows all the signs of an alcoholic from delusion to evil self-centered cheating. The main characters of this book are: Bill, Marcy, & April, Nick & Mike are more like supporting characters that are mostly seen in Bill’s flashbacks (like Highlander) that he has in the present. ~ This would make a better miniseries rather than a movie because the characters need to have time to be built up. I give this novel a C + (Common) & I’m being generous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I especially liked Marcy. I know people with her acid tongue who have a kind and giving heart. I enjoyed meeting James at a book signing.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Bill Warrington is one mean person and is estranged from his three children. His wife has passed away; he lives alone and has the onset of Alzheimer's. With that his novel is a road trip to story where Bill takes his 15-year old granddaughter, April across the country (or should I say she takes him) as they run away from their dysfunctional lives. Although, Bill is nasty, he is still an interesting character. His children have their own problems and some I didn't connect with. Overall, the combination of the road trip, the individual's lives weave into a nice story of family (or lack of) and dealing with death, disease and relationships. I didn't love it, but liked it.
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gpolisner More than 1 year ago
I met Jim during the second Amazon Breakthrough Novel award. Am impressed with his skilled delivery of a moving story of an old man on his last physical and emotional journey, trying to reconnect with the only family he has. A terrific read.