For One More Day

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For One More Day
Albom - For One More Day book cover.jpg
AuthorMitch Albom
Cover artistMike Hunt
CountryUnited States
Publication date
26 September 2006
Media typePrint hardcover and paperback
813/.6 22
LC ClassPS3601.L335 F596 2006

For One More Day is a 2006 philosophical novel by Mitch Albom. Like his previous works (Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven), it features mortality as a central theme. The book tells the story of a troubled man and his mother, and explores how people might use the opportunity to spend a day with a lost relative.


The book's theme is mortality:[1] it analyzes how people might react to the chance to have a dead relative back for a day.[2]

The book tells the story of Charles "Chick" Benetto, a former baseball player who encounters a myriad of problems with his career, finances, family and alcohol abuse. This leads him to become suicidal. Charles goes on a drunken rampage and decides he is going to end his life in his old home town, but when he misses the exit, he turns around driving down the wrong side of the highway causing an accident, Benetto flees to his old home – his suicide attempt an apparent failure – to see his mother, who had died eight years prior.

Benetto returns to his old family home, and spends one more day with his mother, where in a number of previously unknown factors related to his difficult childhood and troubled relationship with his father are revealed to him. His mother assists him in resolving his issues and getting his life back on track. The day ends when Benetto regains consciousness at the scene of the accident in a police officer's arms.

The book's epilogue describes how Benetto was inspired by his experience to quit drinking and reconcile with family, including his daughter, Maria, before his death five years later. At the end, Maria is revealed to have been the narrator of the story.


The book received polarised reviews from critics. Some praised the book heavily, remarking that it was "hugely effective"[3] and "exceptional".[4] Other commentators criticised the book as "syrupy"[5][6] and "lazy, sloppy literature".[7] Nevertheless, the book sold well, making it to the top of The New York Times Best Seller list.[8]

Television adaptation[edit]

The book was adapted in a made-for-television movie. Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day starring Michael Imperioli and Ellen Burstyn. It aired on ABC on December 9, 2007.

Despite praise for both Imperioli and Burstyn's performances, critics described the film with phrases such as "ludicrous"[9] and "phony sincerity".[10] The film won the 2007 Satellite Award in best television film category.


  1. ^ Holtzclaw, Mike (November 4, 2006). "Author uses mortality to teach lessons about life: Mitch Albom is coming to Norfolk to sign copies of his new book, "For One More Day."". Daily Press. VA: Newport News. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 8, 2006). "Starbucks perks up 'Day'". Daily Variety. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  3. ^ Behal, Suchitra (December 3, 2006). "Literary Review". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-10-31. In that small, but hugely effective, book was a message for everyone.
  4. ^ Agosto, Elisa (December 5, 2007). "Book Review: For One More Day". Quinnipiac Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-10-31. What makes this book so exceptional is that it shows how deceiving life can be.
  5. ^ Begley, Adam (September 24, 2006). "Brewing Up Bestsellers- Frazier, Albom, Ford & Co". New York Observer. Retrieved 2009-10-31. Mitch Albom: His second novel, a syrupy concoction called For One More Day (Hyperion), is going on sale a week earlier—in your local Starbucks. Now that’s synergy: coffee and a sweetener, sold side by side.
  6. ^ Reese, Jennifer (October 6, 2006). "Book review: For One More Day (2006) Mitch Albom". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-31. SIMPLE SYRUP In his schmaltzy new novel, Albom ladles out more cloying sentiment
  7. ^ Truman, Cheryl (November 8, 2006). "For one more cliche by Mitch Albom". Lexington Herald-Leader. Lexington, KY. Retrieved 2009-10-31. All I can tell you is that every penny you give Albom enriches the forces of lazy, sloppy literature.
  8. ^ "BEST SELLERS.(Spotlight)(Bibliography)". Rocky Mountain News. Denver, CO. December 29, 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  9. ^ Flynn, Gillian (December 7, 2007). "Mitch Albom's For One More Day | TV Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-10-31.
  10. ^ "SAP RUNS TOO FREELY IN 'MITCH ALBOM'S FOR ONE MORE DAY'.(LA.COM)". Daily News. Los Angeles, CA. December 9, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-31.

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