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Scattering the Ashes

Scattering the Ashes

Scattering the Ashes

Author: Paul Russell Semendinger
ISBN: 9781932926781 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781932926798 (ebook)
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Price: $27.95
Pages: 278

Sam Holmes is a young, enthusiastic school teacher living an uneventful, albeit pleasant life Ė even if he wonít admit to himself how lonely he is. Dedicated to teaching, and inspired by the kids passing through his 8th grade history class, Sam is energized by the end of the school year. Now he has the time to dedicate himself fully to training for the historic New York City Marathon - his first.

But Samís simple life is radically changed when his father suddenly passes away and the Last Will and Testament are read to him. Sam learns that his fatherís final wishes are unique, and as such special burden has been placed solely on Sam. To earn his inheritance, Samís father is sending him on a quest; to travel to the places that had been significant and scatter his fatherís ashes at these destinations. Now, instead of a pleasant summer, Sam is thrust into a journey he neither wanted nor asked for.

While fulfilling is fatherís wishes Sam meets Rachel Parker, a young woman who brings direction, clarity, and companionship to Samís lonely life. As he faces the struggles of a contract dispute at work, a budding romance, and running in his first marathon, Sam Holmes must make the critical decisions that will impact the rest of his life.



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Don Burke - NY Post
Start spreading the news, "Scattering The Ashes" has all the feels. Paul Russell Semendinger's debut novel taps into every emotion. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reexamine those relationships that give your life meaning. You may even want to jump in the car and drive to Cooperstown or - gasp - run the New York City Marathon. But whatever you do, you'll want to call your dad.
Robert Skead, author, Patriots, Redcoats and Spies
There's no better compliment to give than to say a story moved me. Scattering the Ashes will leave you with tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat-and a deeper appreciation for the true meaning of love. Semendinger uses the ingredients of a beautiful father son relationship, and romance, mixed together with baseball and Americana as he brings his character on a journey of discovery. The story will inspire father son catches and experiences that create the memories we all dream about.
Mike Allegra, author of Everybody's Favorite Book (and more)
Sam's in a rut but does an excellent job pretending he isn't. He lives alone in his childhood home, teaches middle schoolers the same lessons year in and year out, watches the YES Network, trains for a marathon he's never quite ready to run, and dutifully visits his loving father in assisted living. Every day comfortably runs into the next.

But things change. Sam's father dies and the old man's last will and testament contains a few requests.

"Unusual Stipulations in a Last Will and Testament" is such a well-worn plot device it may be a genre unto itself, but Semendinger's Scattering the Ashes sidesteps clichť. His plot isn't mined for sitcom gags or the weepy sentimentality of a Hallmark Channel movie, it's a sincere tale about moving on and growing up. Part latter day coming-of-age story, part travelogue, we follow Sam from Cooperstown to The Magic Kingdom, the Lincoln Memorial to Hackensack's White Manna Hamburgers, as he takes stock in what he has, appreciates what he's lost, and considers what he wants his future to hold.


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