Guest Review from my husband! (Hopefully the start of something new!)
Finish time: 5 nights.
So often, we change scenery as an indicator that the next chapter of our lives should be beginning, almost to force the transition. This is the central idea of “Moving Day”, a story about a couple in their 70s whose cross country move to Santa Barbara to enjoy their golden years goes horribly awry, with violent consequences. Stanley Peke and his wife Rose have had a model marriage and raised their children well, although there is a distance between Stanley and his family that seems like it may never be resolved. But as their moving crew, led by Nick, enter their home, Stanley has no idea the transitions that he is about to endure.
Description from Amazon:
Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.
When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.
Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves but also with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.