"Delightful family relationship"
At eighty-three, Mickey Sienna lives alone in his New
Jersey home ever since his beloved wife Dorothy died a few
years ago. Mickey's four children worry about his living
alone at his age, but do nothing until he dozes off while
making fried eggs, setting his kitchen on fire. The
siblings discuss what to do. The three oldest want to move
dad into assisted living while the youngest by twelve years
Jesse wants his father to move in with him.
When threatened with the home, Mickey leaps at moving in
with Jesse. The two men walk gingerly on eggshells as they
struggle to find a middle ground and avoid a generation
war. Mickey forces Jesse to bring his girlfriend Marina to
him so he can meet her. He quickly realizes these two have
a rare chance for a once in a lifetime love, but his son is
a moron who thinks love eventually dies. Mickey relates
the story of his one true love, not his spouse of fifty
years though he loved her too. Will Jesse understand what
he has before he loses it or is fatherly advice too late
for a grown up son?
THE FOREVER YEARS is a delightful family relationship drama
with a wonderful romantic subplot. The story line is
amusing yet poignant as Mickey struggles with his
decreasing capacity and his adult children tussle with what
is best for their beloved dad. Jesse is an enjoyable
individual who is a mocking cynical Metro New Yorker
(oxymoron?) as well as a nurturing person. Though Marina
seems too perfect to be real, fans will appreciate Ronald
Anthony's enchanting and beautiful modern day novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003