AMSTERDAM BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES “ASHES” FOR TOP HONORS
AMSTERDAM_ The story of two middle-aged brothers who are forced into a cross-country trip with their father’s remains is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Amsterdam Book Festival, which honors books worthy of further attention from the European market.
Author Steven Manchester’s “Ashes: A Novel” (The Story Plant) details the journey of Jason and Tom Prendergast, brothers whose perceptions of various betrayals has left them estranged. But when their father dies, they have no choice but to spend a cross-country car trip together to avoid losing out on the contents of an envelope left with their father’s attorney.
Their contentious trip and its stunning secret meaning offers a fresh take and gripping read on a classic tale of family and dysfunction, making it well worthy of top honors.
Manchester and other winners will be honored at a private ceremony in June.
Other winners in the competition:
RUNNER-UP: The Audacity of Futurism – R.S. Amblee
WINNER: Fairy Tales for Life – Linda Champion
RUNNER-UP: The Family Tree – Laurie Copmann
WINNER: Where Do I Sit – Dr. Neal Hall
RUNNER-UP: Murm’rings of the Heart – Olivia Villa-Real
WINNER: Ashes – Steven Manchester
RUNNER-UP: Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place – Vanta Black
WINNER: The Whizbang Machine – Danielle A. Vann
RUNNER-UP: The Emperor of Dragons – Logan Stark
WINNER: The Renegade Writer – William Griffiths
WINNER: The Art of Healthy Living – Homayoun Sadeghi
RUNNER-UP: The Gospel According to Ruth – Kevin Foster
WINNER: I Punched Myself in the Eye – Pamela Capone
WINNER: Hop on the Next! – Rosemary Rudland
RUNNER-UP: The Shadow of a Dog I Can’t Forget – Mary Kennedy Eastham
WINNER: The Start-up J Curve –Howard Love
WINNER: Devil Dolphins of Silver Lagoon and Other Stories – Michael Bennett
WINNER: Libido Tsunami – Cate Burns