Three Shoeboxes

Steven Manchester

Story Plant paperback

ISBN: 978-1-61188-260-5

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-945839-19-1

Publication date: June 12, 2018

288 pages

Three Shoeboxes will force you to ask questions about yourself and about the comfortable life around you. It’s poignant, sensitive, and extremely well written. If you want a book that will make you think and stay with you until long after you’ve set the book down. Grab it immediately.”

– Rachel Van Dyken, #1 New York Times bestselling author, The Bet

Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect―or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac's fragile mind and it is about to drop 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, he loses everything―most importantly his family. 


One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father's undying love may be just enough to make things right again.

“In Three Shoeboxes, Steven Manchester chronicles a seemingly strong marriage and loving family that suddenly begins to crack and fragment under the weight of guilt and old secrets. It’s psychologically accurate, well-plotted, and a sensitive, honest portrayal of what it’s like to have a long-buried past finally surface, and what that reckoning does to everyone involved.”

– Mark Sullivan, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Three Shoeboxes will linger in your thoughts long after that last page. Steven Manchester has brilliantly woven a story that will touch your heart, twist your emotions, and remind you why he is easily one of your favorite authors.”

– Steena Holmes, New York Times and international bestselling author, Emma’s Secret: A Novel

“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, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, The Girl Who Stayed


"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 Steve Manchester at his finest."
– Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author 

Three Shoeboxes is Steven Manchester’s most powerful work to date. He doesn’t pull any punches in this brutally honest story about a man suffering from PTSD. His protagonist doesn’t understand what triggered his recent panic attacks, but they’re violent enough to cause him, a successful man with a perfect marriage, a great job, and three beautiful kids, to descend into alcoholism. And to lose everything he holds dear. The author digs deep and shares raw, terrifying emotion. His protagonist spins out of control and winds up in a dirty motel room with a pistol pressed against his temple. This 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

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island, the national bestseller Ashes, and 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.