Condemned to spend his “Golden Years” cooped up in Sunset Nursing Home, 84-year-old Charlie Lambert refuses this ending for himself. With the help of an old sailing buddy living in Maine, Charlie plans to go AWOL permanently, buy a boat, and hit the high seas, where he will live out the remainder of his life on his own terms.
Nothing ever goes quite as planned, though, and as Charlie heads towards Maine on a 46-foot sailboat, he strikes up an unexpected romance with Abigail, a woman decades his junior. Things take a darker turn, though, when he discovers a former FBI agent-turned-insurance-investigator hot on his trail. Agent Roberts has been hired to find out what happened to Charlie: bring him back if he’s alive, or determine he’s dead so his estranged sons can collect on his life insurance policy. Roberts doesn’t expect a fight from the old man, but that’s just what he gets. Because Charlie has no intention of ever returning to Sunset, whether in handcuffs or a pine box.
Funny, heart-warming, and heart-breaking, That Good Night tells the story of a man who, rather than rail against going “gentle into that good night,” as Dylan Thomas wrote, instead wishes to simply sail into a sunset of his own choosing.
|Publisher:||Beaufort Books, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Eschewing career building in favor of following his interests, Richard Probert spent his years teaching both music and business, conducting choruses and orchestras, writing, consulting for non-profits, and singlehanded bluewater sailing. In addition to teaching singing, conducting and related subjects at both private colleges and public universities, he has served as department and division chair, oversaw two university arts centers, was CEO of an inner-city community arts school, and regularly performed as both a conductor and as a baritone recitalist.
Interested in the world of business, Richard worked in the area of finance and development for a regional Symphony orchestra, served on non-profit boards and recently retired as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. He currently is the Music Director of the Sackets Harbor Vocal Arts Ensemble and Orchestra.
With over 50 years of sailing, mostly single-handed, Richard’s favored sailing grounds are coastal Maine, the Bay of Fundy, and the Canadian Maritimes. He enjoys a subdued life in Sackets Harbor, New York with his wife Carmelita and their dog Aggie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought the book was funny but I cried when Bob died. I laughed and cried but a good read.
The narrative from the protagonist is engrossing, but the contrived "recorded journal" entries of the insurance detective made me groan aloud.