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The Rockin' Chair

Steven Manchester

The Rockin Chair

Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611880-67-0

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-72-8

Publication date: June 25, 2013

272 pages


“Steven Manchester is master of writing a heart-throbbing family story, one that always satisfies readers because it refuses to descend into a maudlin atmosphere and doesn’t brook foolish talk. It thrives because it is the crafting of a story that elicits the deepest wishes of head and heart for all readers, indeed for all humanity, a sense of family, a real sense of what “home” could be. The Rockin’ Chair undeniably deserves wide acclaim!”

— Crystal Book Reviews


Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.


Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, The Rockin’ Chair is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.

Finalist 2013 USA Best Book Awards – General Fiction

A Conversations Book Club Top 50 Fiction Title of 2013

Bronze Award: 2014 Feathered Quill Book Awards

Winner of a Single Titles 2013 Readers Choice Award


A 2014 Silver Medalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards

Winner (Spiritual) 2014 Hollywood Book Festival

Silver Medal Winner – Global Ebook Awards

About the Author...

Steven Manchester (edited)

"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity," says Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. "Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be," adds Crystal Book Reviews. Steven Manchester’s 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. Manchester writes deeply moving, intensely relatable novels that readers tend to remember and discuss for a long time.

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