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Pocket Full of Poseys

de Thomas Reed

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When your dying mother has one last request, how can you say no? Grace Tingley and Brian Posey are forty-something twins whose lives have gone in very different directions. Grace, now a private school teacher in coastal Connecticut, was a PhD candidate at Yale when an unexpected pregnancy threw her plans into a tailspin. Brian, an adventure travel executive in Seattle, barely scraped through an obscure New England college and recently married Ella, after three years in an intimate relationship with a charismatic man from Jamaica. When their widowed mother Cinny, a charter member of Woodstock Nation, is diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, Grace and Brian are there for her last days in hospice care. This is where Cinny reveals her staggering plan for the siblings: Theyre to sprinkle her ashes, mixed with their fathers, at a series of exotic locations around the globesome remote, some challengingly public, all known and loved by the Poseys. Joined by their own immediate families, Grace and Brian set off on a funereal odyssey that uncovers more about their parents relationship, and themselves, than the twins find it easy to admit.… (mais)
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After their mother, Lucinda “Cinny” Maynard Posey, passes away in an assisted living facility in Hanover, New Hampshire, twin siblings Grace Tingley and Brian Posey, now both in their forties, embark on a “funereal odyssey” in keeping with her final wishes. As per Cinny’s wishes, they are to spread her ashes along with their father Frank’s in several locations across the globe – places that hold a special meaning for them. Each location comes with specific instructions and letters in which Cinny shares stories about these places and what makes them special for her. The novel follows Grace and Brian and their respective spouses, Jack and Ella, and children, Grace and Jack’s daughter Chelsea (in her twenties) and Ella’s sixteen-year-old daughter from a previous relationship Sage over their three-week trip across New Zealand, Thailand, Rome, Grindelwald and Oxford with a final stop in New Jersey. In the course of their trip, Cinny’s children and their families work past their reservations and past resentments, connect with new members of the family and reconnect with one another in an emotional journey filled with heart, laughter, a sense of shared loss and opportunity for personal reflection.

Beautifully written with real and relatable characters. I found Pocketful of Poseys by Thomas Reed to be an insightful, entertaining and thought-provoking read. I enjoyed the humor, the heartfelt moments and the journey as a whole. Not only do we get to know more about the siblings and their respective relationships and family members, but we also get to know more about their parents and the special moments they shared. Each of these individuals is flawed, each harboring secrets and insecurities that impact their personal relationships. They are quick to judge each other but the forced proximity enables them to reevaluate their priorities, take responsibility for their actions and try to understand one another. The author touches upon several sensitive topics such as sibling rivalry, sexual orientation, infidelity and the death of a parent among others with empathy and compassion. I should mention that the circumstances surrounding Cinny’s death were heartbreaking and I think readers might find certain aspects of the same quite disturbing for distinct reasons. I did feel the novel was a tad long drawn but at no point did I lose interest in the story. Overall, I found this novel to be an immensely satisfying read.

I received a digital review copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. ( )
1 vote srms.reads | Feb 26, 2024 |
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This book was okay, but should have been so much more. Two adult children, their spouses, and two children, one a teen the other a young adult, spend three weeks traveling together to 6 destinations around the world to spread Cinny and Frank’s ashes according to Cinny’s instructions. Each spot is significant in some way as described in each of the six sealed letters opened at each destination.
It just fell flat for me. I don’t always like cheap manipulation, but while the characters sometimes talked about deep feelings, I didn’t feel them. I think perhaps the problem was that while most of the characters were female the author is a man. In some ways the male characters rang more truly. ( )
  poolays | Dec 28, 2023 |
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Various members of the Posey family, including twins, a brother and sister, are charged with dispersing their parents' ashes in several locations around the world to commemorate places that meant a lot to them. I literally laughed out loud through the first portion of the book, but once the journey began, I didn't find it as humorous. After a while, it became a series of adventures taken on by people with a lot of money who get away with breaking rules at times. I never connected with some of the characters and found others rather annoying. There are a lot of good messages throughout the book about appreciating the people we love and the time that we have on Earth. The book was ok, but I wouldn't reread it. ( )
1 vote hobbitprincess | Dec 21, 2023 |
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Pocket Full of Posey's is a slow build... on family relationships, family history and family trust. It has a lot of love, a lot of humor and a lot of chutzpah. At their mothers dying request two fraternal twins and their respective families are charged with basically traveling the world to scatter their parents ashes at specific spots where their mother Cinny has felt strong connections. Lots of travel adventure, lots of family interaction, and quite a bit of family surprises ensue. I really liked this book, especially the ending. The author summed up all of us as human beings traveling through life really quite well. Highly recommended. 4.5 stars. ( )
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When your dying mother has one last request, how can you say no? Grace Tingley and Brian Posey are forty-something twins whose lives have gone in very different directions. Grace, now a private school teacher in coastal Connecticut, was a PhD candidate at Yale when an unexpected pregnancy threw her plans into a tailspin. Brian, an adventure travel executive in Seattle, barely scraped through an obscure New England college and recently married Ella, after three years in an intimate relationship with a charismatic man from Jamaica. When their widowed mother Cinny, a charter member of Woodstock Nation, is diagnosed with Parkinsons disease, Grace and Brian are there for her last days in hospice care. This is where Cinny reveals her staggering plan for the siblings: Theyre to sprinkle her ashes, mixed with their fathers, at a series of exotic locations around the globesome remote, some challengingly public, all known and loved by the Poseys. Joined by their own immediate families, Grace and Brian set off on a funereal odyssey that uncovers more about their parents relationship, and themselves, than the twins find it easy to admit.

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