The Faded Flower

The Faded Flower

by Paul McCusker




Funny, the difference a few hours can make. At 4: 30 P.M., Frank Reynolds still has a sense of accomplishment and control. By five o'clock, he's lost his job of twenty-two years. By six o'clock, he's learned of his father's Alzheimer's disease. An hour-and-a-half is all it has taken to turn Frank's world upside down, thrusting him and his family onto a path none of them could ever have expected.

The one certain thing now is change. For Frank, that means grappling with the painful implications of unemployment and his father's illness. For Pap, it means facing the heartbreaking realities of the affliction that is stealing his mind. For Frank's high-school-graduate son, it consists of finding his own path in life despite his father's disapproval. And for Frank's wife and daughter, it involves surprisingly pleasant discoveries as the family, moving to Frank's childhood town, creates a future amid the ghosts of Frank's past.

On the outskirts of Peabody stands an imposing old mansion known as The Faded Flower. For many, it is both a beginning and an end. For the Reynoldses, it is the place where God's grace will unfold, changing their understanding of what life is about--and for Frank, resurrecting faith, hope, and purpose in ways he's never dreamed.

Author Biography: Paul McCusker is the author of Epiphany. Winner of the Peabody Award for his radio drama on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for Focus on the Family, he lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310235545
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 09/01/1901
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

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Frank Reynolds' well-organized world comes crashing down in a day. His schedule at the Bradley Publishing Company, up until 4:45 PM that day, is routine. He has worked for the company twenty-two years and pictures the rest of his career at the same office. His boss calls him in and explains that the publishing house who bought them out, despite their promises, is laying Frank off. When Frank arrives home, his worries about how to share this news with his wife, Colleen, are sidetracked by a letter from Aunt Minnie. Frank's father, Pap, has Alzheimers. Aunt Minnie wants them to come down for Pap's birthday and convince him to move to The Faded Flower nursing home. These events set Frank, Colleen and their two children, Greg and Vicki, for a life change none of them would have imagined. Frank is forced to either accept God's control over circumstances or to focus his bitterness toward God isolating himself from his family. Paul McCusker uses an interesting choice of voice in The Faded Flower. The book begins more objectively in third person. The last third of the book, however, switches to first person allowing greater understanding into the heart of Frank who narrarates it. Although the book deals with serious, lifelike situations, McCusker weaves humor throughout making the novella enjoyable to read and the characters realistic and enduring. McCusker is the executive producer of Focus on the Family radio drama, which includes Adventures In Odyssey. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife and two children. His radio drama on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a WWII pastor, has won the coveted Peabody Award.