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Middle-aged brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast thought they were completely done with each other. Perceived betrayal had burned the bridge between them, tossing them into the icy river of estrangement. But life – and death – has a robust sense of irony, and when they learn that their cruel father has died and made his final request that they travel together across the country to spread his ashes, they have no choice but to spend a long, long car trip in each other's company. It's either that or lose out on the contents of the envelope he's left with his lawyer. The trip will be as gut-wrenching as each expects it to be . . . and revealing in ways neither of them is prepared for. At turns humorous, biting, poignant, and surprisingly tender, Ashes puts a new spin on family and dysfunction with a story that is at once fresh and timelessly universal.

Hardcover: 272 pages

Publisher: Story Plant (February 21, 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1611882427

ISBN-13: 978-1611882421


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2017 Los Angeles Book Festival – Festival Winner

2017 Great Northwest Book Festival Award – Winner

2017 Great Southeast Book Festival Award – Runner-Up

2017 Paris Book Festival Award – Runner-Up

2017 Amsterdam Book Festival – Festival Winner

2017 International Book Awards – Winner

Conversations’ 25 Summer Reads for 2017

2017 New York Book Festival - Runner-Up

2017 Beach Book Festival – Festival Winner

2017 Hollywood Book Festival – Runner-Up

2017 Global E-Book Awards–Bronze Medal Winner

2017 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards–Silver Medal

2017 Kindle Book Award – Semi-Finalist

2017 USA Best Book Awards - Finalist

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"Always with a rich sense of place and refreshingly honest banter, Manchester will make you laugh and mourn and ponder with characters that feel as if they've been plucked straight from the real world. This is the kind of book that has you soul searching with every word.”

- Meredith Wild, #1 NYT Bestselling Author, The Hacker Series


"I loved it.”

 - Anne Hillerman, NYT Bestselling Author, Rock with Wings


“Laughter and tenderness, heartwarming and hilarious. Recommended!”

- Ruth Harris, #1 Amazon and million-copy NYT bestselling author, Park Avenue series


"Sometimes raw, always engaging, Steven Manchester’s novel is a wry and wise journey through the ruins of the American Dream.”

 - William Kent Krueger, NYT Bestselling & Edgar Award-Winning Author, Ordinary Grace


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A deeply touching novel of new adulthood by the

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