Renewal

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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 12 Sep 2022

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Description

It’s been two years since aspiring novelist and English teacher Malcolm Aton has had any contact with his family. Ever since his divorce and the loss of his mother to cancer, his relationship with his father has been strained.

When he receives an urgent text from his brother, he learns the devastating news that their father’s memory issues have progressed. He’s now violent and at the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Although confrontation with his father is imminent, Malcolm reluctantly agrees to return home for the weekend and take on the mantle of caregiver while they contend with the difficult decision of how to care for their father. As is the case with everything involving his family, nothing goes as expected.

Unapologetically honest, Renewal is the story of a family learning to cope with the crippling diseases of cancer and Alzheimer’s, of allowing old wounds to heal, of a patriarch coming to terms with the deterioration of his memory and identity, and of Malcolm coming into his own by taking on the ultimate responsibility of caregiver.

It’s been two years since aspiring novelist and English teacher Malcolm Aton has had any contact with his family. Ever since his divorce and the loss of his mother to cancer, his relationship with...


A Note From the Publisher

Available in the following formats: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-307-4 | Softcover: 978-1-64397-308-1 | Ebook:. 978-1-64397-309-8 | LCCN: 2021944531 | Print distribution through Ingram, Gardners, and Baker & Taylor | Ebook library distribution through Overdrive, Hoopla, and Baker & Taylor.

Available in the following formats: Hardcover: 978-1-64397-307-4 | Softcover: 978-1-64397-308-1 | Ebook:. 978-1-64397-309-8 | LCCN: 2021944531 | Print distribution through Ingram, Gardners, and Baker...


Marketing Plan

—Indie Next List (September) Nomination

—Library Reads (September) Nomination

—National Review Coverage

—Prepublication Buzz Campaign

—Extensive marketing to Booksellers, Librarians, and Book Influencers, including digital ARC campaign

—Digital ARCs Offered on NetGalley & LibraryThing

—Targeted Consumer Email Marketing

—Extensive Social Media Promotion

—Reading Group Guides Available


Key Selling Points:

—Joseph Falank is known for his ability to create realistic and relatable stories that focus on the personal journeys and struggles that many of us face.

—Readers who enjoyed We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas and Still Alice by Lisa Genova will find much to love about Renewal and its honest look at Alzheimer’s disease.

—With emotion dripping off its pages, readers will easily connect and relate to Joseph Falank’s well-developed characters.

—Indie Next List (September) Nomination

—Library Reads (September) Nomination

—National Review Coverage

—Prepublication Buzz Campaign

—Extensive marketing to Booksellers, Librarians, and Book...


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Wonderful book. Seems especially fitting right now. Loved story from every character.

Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

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Omg...I don't have words for this book. Though my dad had cancer not Alzheimers so much radiates from this book. From being a care taker and having those ugly cries in heartbreaking moments. The feelings from this book broke my heart, brought back so many feelings and makes you realize how important family really is.
I'm glad this author decided to finish this book.
With even a heavy heart and a book hangover this book I have to say is just fantastic.

Thanks to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an early release of this book.

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Inspirational and educational, this saga of a son struggling to cope with his elderly father's Alzheimer's tugs at the heart. Well-written, you care about the characters in this book. No surprises...you tend to know how this thing will end...but the journey is worthwhile.

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This is a wonderful, heartbreaking, real depiction of a man's journey with the dreaded Alzheimer's disease
His adult son's needs to make some decisions as they struggle to come to terms with what is coming. Not easy to accept that the roles are reversing.

Each person is an individual and truly this dreadful disease does not follow any rules as we soon discover.

Thank you to #BHC Press and to NetGalley for this ARC and allowing me to provide my own review.
Well done!

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The characters are fiction but they certainly feel real with a story that digs deep into the human soul creating a flood of emotions.

This is Mel’s story. He is a 7th grade English teacher in PA and just submitted a novel in hopes that it will be published. His brother, Randy, lives with his wife in a small town of NY which is minutes away from their dad, Dennis, who has been living alone. Their mom died two years ago from lung cancer.

The story starts when Randy sent a message: “Mel, you need to come home. Dad’s not well.” The red flag went up. His father had Alzheimer’s disease with the textbook symptoms: he forgets things, has mood swings, he doesn’t recognize faces, names and numbers. Sometimes it looks like he’s stuck in a trance. He tends to mumble or drool. Sometimes he doesn’t know how to hold a pencil in his fingers. It's basic stuff. The stinger: he may hurt someone if he doesn’t know who this person is in his home. Is it time for an assisted living facility? I would say yes.

If that’s not enough, Mel, kept his phone close by waiting for a call. The author tossed in a glimpse of what it’s like to work with a literary agent. Mel started writing novels at age 14 as a comfortable hobby. Now it was all about hope – for his book to be published.

The author didn’t leave much out from what exactly happens to a patient with Alzheimer’s. Many will be able to relate to the pieces of the disease which can be very painful to witness. While the book is less than 300 pages, it can take some time to process. Parts were intense with sadness; others made you smile. There were some unexpected twists that made it more interesting. It was well written with a good flow of words. This is one book I can’t stop talking about in memory of my father and all those that have suffered from this dreadful disease.

My thanks to Joseph Falank, BHC Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced copy with an expected release date of September 13, 2022.

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the story of a son trying to cope with his father's Alsheimer, it is sad and inspirational, loved the story.

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Thank you for the opportunity to read this Netgalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a beautifully written book. So very many emotions I felt. This book took me away from this crazy world and filled me with all the feels.

I loved the story. I loved how much I loved it.

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This book is about family, forgiveness, death and renewal. Malcolm is a teacher who leaves three hours away from his father and brother, Randy. He is divorced and sees his daughter two weekends a month. His parents were very upset over the divorce. Malcolm and his father haven’t spoken in the last two years, after an out of control argument, during his mother’s funeral. Malcolm has not been back but now. Things are bad at home. Their father’s Alzheimers has worsened and things have come to a dangerous head. Malcolm has to go back to his family home to help “sort things out” and in doing so, stands up his daughter for the 4th weekend in a row. His ex-wife does not let him off easy with the change in plans. He is also feeling very anxious about a book he has written and is waiting for his agent to call him back. Lots of life in this book with an emphasis on families dealing with Alzheimers. The book flows well and is an easy read. I sat with it and read it almost straight through.
Thank you to NetGalley and BHC Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Falank writes an honest, raw, gut wrenching, heartbreaking novel about the reality of Alzheimer’s disease. These characters, though fictional, could be anyone; it could be your mom, your dad, brother, sister, grandparent etc… That’s why this book touches your heart. But there is so much more about this book than the debilitating disease – this book is also about forgiveness, about relationships, heartbreak, and the renewal of life after all of that. Falank also threw a bit of humor into the book with the joking around between the brothers, and there was one joke that made me laugh out loud, so hard. I appreciated that since the topic of the book was very heavy.

This isn’t a long book; it is a short read, and it does read fast. It is heavy, and it will stay with you. I highly suggest everyone read this one. It’s a book that you don’t want to miss.

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The estranged son returns home after 3 years to help his brother deal with their father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. The time had come that the safest place for their father would be an assisted living facility.

I was drawn to this book because of my personal experience with Alzheimer’s/dementia, involving my mother. I could identify with many of the things that were happening.

It's a hard book to read even if the reader has not had any personal experience with this debilitating disease.

It was a well-written account, albeit, a bit wordy at times. The two brothers were strong characters, each showing love for their father. The father was in and out of “normal” behaviour. My heart went out to all three of them.

While the story was not exactly about a typical Alzheimer’s case, I don't think there is a “Typical” case. Each person, each case, is individual. And each case is sad and traumatic for the family members.

The story evoked a lot of empathy and compassion for the situation. I feel that the author did an excellent job portraying the situation. And, there might have been a tear or two towards the end.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advance Readers Copy.

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Renewal
by Joseph Falank

Thank you for the opportunity to read this Netgalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.

What a beautifully written book. I touched my soul and I felt the pang of becoming the caretaker of a parent. I have done this. IT is one that speaks to educate and thank you for the privilege of reading this.

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Malcolm Aton is an English teacher who is anxiously waiting to see if any publishing house will pick up his book. His mother is dead, and he hasn't returned home to visit his father in the two years since their last disastrous encounter at her funeral. He is also missing visits with his daughter. I didn't think that Malcolm was a particularly admirable person, although he improved over the course of the book.

Then he gets a dreaded call from his brother. Their father hit him with a chair and now Randy is too debilitated to care for him. Randy lives close to their father, and is married. His wife is expecting a child.

Malcolm goes to help out. It soon becomes evident to the brothers that their father can no longer live at home and he needs more supervision than either of them can give. He isn't safe to cook for himself, or to not flood the house, and truly is a danger to himself and others. He is also grieving the loss of his wife and has attempted suicide more than once.

I wanted to read this book because several of my family members have had this heartbreaking disorder and I wanted to get some new insights. I questioned the placement found for his father, where he had his own apartment, and meals were shared communally. It didn't seem to be a good situation for a suicidal man who had fits of violence, and was also not safe for the other residents. The book itself was well written and describes well the challenges that family members and those afflicted with this horrible disease face.

Thanks to the publisher BHC Press and NetGalley for the advance reader copy of this book. It was a pleasure to read and review this book.

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