The Pleasure Was Mine

The Pleasure Was Mine Reading The Pleasure Was Mine Author Tommy Hays Polishdarling.co.uk Prate Marshbanks Proposed To His Future Wife On A Muggy July Night At Pete S Drive In Back In 52 She Said Yes To Me Between Bites Of A Slaw Burger All The Way A College Graduate And Daughter Of A Prominent Lawyer, Irene Was An Unlikely Match For Prate, A High School Dropout He Lived His Married Life Aware Of The Question On People S Minds How In The World Did A Tall, Thin, Fair Skinned Beauty And One Of The Most Respected High School English Teachers In All Of Greenville County, In All Of South Carolina For That Matter, Wind Up Married To A Short, Dark, Fat Faced, Jug Eared House Painter That Their Marriage Not Only Survived For Fifty Years, But Flourished, Is A Source Of Constant Wonder To Prate Now He Faces A New Challenge With Irene.From The Author Of In The Family Way, A Novel The Atlanta Constitution Called An Instant Classic And The Charlotte Observer Praised As A Lovely, Moving Book, Comes A Powerful Story Of Hard Earned Hope The Pleasure Was Mine Takes Place During A Critical Summer In The Life Of Prate Marshbanks, When He Retires To Care For His Wife, Who Is Gradually Slipping Away To Complicate Things, Prate S Son, Newell, A Recently Widowed Single Father, Asks Prate To Keep Nine Year Old Jackson For The Summer Though Prate Is Irritated By The Presence Of His Moody Grandson, During The Summer Jackson Helps Tend His Grandmother, And Grandfather And Grandson Form A Bond As Irene S Memory Fades, Prate, A Hardworking Man Who Has Kept To Himself Most Of His Life, Has Little Choice But To Get To Know His Family.With Elegance And Skillful Economy Of Language, Tommy Hays Renders An Unforgettable Character In Prate Marshbanks The Pleasure Was Mine Is At Once A Quietly Wrenching Portrayal Of Grief, A Magical And Romantic Story About The Power Of Love, And An Unexpectedly Moving Take On The Resilience Of Family.

  • 4.5
  • 002
  • English
  • 05 September 2017
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • 031233933X
  • The Pleasure Was Mine
  • Tommy Hays

10 thoughts on “The Pleasure Was Mine

  1. Janice says:

    I heard Tommy Hays at South Carolina Book Festival several years ago and he talked about his dad who had Alzheimer s I bought the book as my mom was struggling with her memory I now am my mom s caretaker I appreciated the sensitivity that Hays used to de...

  2. Steve Lindahl says:

    The Pleasure Was Mine is a beautiful story of Prate Marshbanks, a man dealing with his role as a caretaker Prate s wife of many years is suffering with Alzheimer s to the point where he has had to put her in a home But the story isn t just about the disease It is also about Prate s relationship with his son, Newell, and his grandson, Jackson It is about Billie, the woman who lives next door and who was a friend of his wife Billie must have heard many great stories about Prate, because she The Pleasure Was Mine is a beautiful story of Prate Marshbanks, a man dealing with his role as a caretaker Prate s wife of many years is suffering with Alzheimer s to t...

  3. Pamela says:

    This is the best thing I ve read in forever and it never made the best sellers It is a beautiful story about Prate Marshbanks, an aging housepainter with jug ears, who deals with his wife s Alzheimer s on a daily basis In fact, he says, Every day with Alzheimer s is like a first date In his eyes he never measured up to his tall, beautiful English teacher wife Then in one summer while dealing with her, he has to care for a nine year old vegetarian grandson who talks little after the death This is the best thing I ve read in forever and it never made the best sellers It is a beautiful story about Prate Marshbanks, an aging housepainter with jug ears, who deals with his wife s Alzheimer s on a daily basis In fact...

  4. Wendy says:

    I am ashamed that I was sucked into this bit of silly story If this is the best that a South Carolina fiction writer can do, then I m ashamed for that as well I m also ashamed that such illustrious figures as Josephine Humphries, Walter Edgar, and Reynolds Price oops, he s a North Carolinian, guess there are noSouth Carolinians to pay off for a review would praise this book altho Walter Edgar, a wonderful South Carolina historian writer in his own right is known at least to me to p I am ashamed that I was sucked into this bit of silly story If this is the best that a South Carolina fiction writer can do, then I m ashamed for that as well I m also ashamed that such illustrious fig...

  5. Karla VanEgmond says:

    I was reluctant to start this book as I thought I would cry my way through it While I did get teary in parts near the end, for the most part it was not the total downer you would expect The account through the husband s eyes of losing his w...

  6. Connie says:

    An absolutely beautiful book This book reminds us of what is most important and that is okay to ask for help Wonderful

  7. deLille says:

    Hmm can t say I was all that impressed with this book as the reviews on GoodReads andled me to believe I might be It felt like I was reading a novel composed by a creative writing student who was trying to capture every single sight, sound and smell of every moment to impress the teacher In addition, the author tried to create a folksy image by dumbing down the vocabulary of the narrator and it didn t ring quite true Even a non college educated house painter knows what a fertility Hmm can t say I was all that impressed with this book as the reviews on GoodReads andled me to believe I might be It felt like I was reading a novel composed by a creative writing student who was trying to capture e...

  8. Rebecca says:

    Tommy Hays perfectly describes the sense of sadness and loss peppered with moments of joy and humor as a man cares for his wife with Alzheimer s By pairing this story with a second storyline about a grandson and son recovering from the death of their mother wife, Hays reminds us that families dealing with Alzheimer s don t live in a vacuum and that life goes on Although the plot somewhat predictable toward the end, the characters and settings rang true, making this a quick and pleasurable re Tommy Hays perfectly describes the sense of sadness and loss peppered with moments of joy and...

  9. Jill Golla says:

    It is obvious and confirmed on the back cover that this writer has personal experience with someone with Alzheimer s The fictional antics of Irene were so reminiscent of people I ve known with Alzheimer s that I had to...

  10. Pam Landreneau says:

    Such a wonderful read I loved the entire story front to coverYou just have to read

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