Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester
Fiction Studio Books, June 12, 2018
Literature & Fiction/Family Life/Domestic Life/Women’s Fiction
Synopsis of Three Shoeboxes:
Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home and successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. After a horrific auto accident, an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (P.T.S.D.) invades Mac’s fragile mind and drops him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner-chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system and the struggles of an invisible disease, his family is taken from him.
One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers.
Two shoeboxes could contain a lifetime of photographs.
But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again.
A well-written, honest, painful portrayal of how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can destroy a strong family bond without warning. Believable, yet mind blowing, that an event, perhaps meaningless at the time, can trigger a reaction that effects a life and tears it down to the bare core. Written with souls in the characters that come off the pages. An emotional read, absolutely heart-wrenching, as a family is torn apart and the slow recovery to healing. Steve writes thought provoking novels that I am always left feeling I’ve read a powerful work of art and I’m a better person for it. They lead me to question what I would do in that situation, leads me to strive to better myself.
Reviewed 6-12-18 by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel
“Compelling and emotional, Three Shoeboxes takes readers on a heart-wrenching journey through some of life’s toughest challenges, always with the ever-present sense of the transforming power of love and hope. Three Shoeboxes is Steven Manchester at his finest.” – Carla Neggers, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, Harbor Island and Echo Lake
“Raw, moving and brutally honest—Steven Manchester takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Grab your tissues for this heart-wrenching story—better yet, grab a box full!” – Tanya Anne Crosby, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, The Girl Who Stayed
“Three Shoeboxes is a compassionate, accessible portrait of a vitally important topic, PTSD, how it affects the sufferer and the family—and how to find hope and healing.” – Jenna Blum, NYT & International Bestselling Author, Those Who Save Us and Storm Chasers
“Three Shoeboxes is terrific writing. Manchester’s protagonist’s life becomes nightmarish, his rage palpable, and his ultimate redemption breathtaking. It was enough to bring this reader to tears.” – John Lansing, #1 Bestselling Author, The Devil’s Necktie
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He lives with his family in southern Massachusetts.