For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Albom's tribute to family and particularly motherhood is his second novel and the first to feature a female protagonist. It explores questions of regret, divorce, and how we would spend one special day with the ghost of someone we loved.
Pauline "Posey" Benetto raises her son bravely as a divorced woman in the 1960's. The boy, Charley, never really appreciates her sacrifices, spending much of his life chasing the elusive love of his father, who left when Charley was 11. The book begins on the night when Charley, now a middle-aged alcoholic whose family and work life have disintegrated, decides to take his own life. He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, staggers into his old house, which he believes to be abandoned, only to make a startling discovery: his mother, who died eight years earlier, is still living there, as if she never left.
The two of them then embark on the "one more day" that so many wish they had with a lost loved one – a day to ask question, seek forgiveness, and reexamine the life you thought you had. The book was chosen from hundreds of candidates to be the first ever featured by Starbucks in its stores nationwide.