for one more day

A beautiful, haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss.

For One More Day is the story of a mother and a son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley “Chick” Benetto was told by his father, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.” So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding. And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. But upon failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery. His mother — who died eight years earlier — is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing ever happened.

Albom has said his relationship with his own mother was largely behind the story of the book, and that several incidents in “For One More Day” are actual events from his childhood.

Winner of Spain’s prestigious  “La Pluma de Plata” Award.


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Mitch Introduces For One More Day

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Inspiration: Rhoda Albom

For One More Day was inspired by my own mother and my own childhood (remember the mummy costume?) The idea came from a sudden wave of sadness I felt at the time when I realized my mother, approaching her 80s, would not be around forever. What would I do when I couldn’t pick up the phone and have the regular conversations, the typical laughs, the gentle scoldings? ....keep reading»

“Mitch Albom sees the magical in the ordinary, giving character Chick Benetto the opportunity of having one more day to go back and share a moment in his life with his mother.”
Ceclia Ahern

author of 'P.S. I Love You', read more »

Read an Excerpt

My father once told me, “You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy. But you can’t be both.”

So I was a daddy’s boy. I mimicked his walk. I mimicked his deep, smoky laugh. I carried a baseball glove because he loved baseball, and I took every hardball he threw, even the ones that stung my hands so badly I thought I would screamkeep reading»

Reading Group Guide:
Mitch Answers Your Questions

Songs that remind me of the book

Reading Groups

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The Cast »

  • Lloyd Kramer | Director
  • Michael Imperioli | Charles Benetto
  • Ellen Burstyn | Pauline (Posey) Benetto
  • Emily Wickersham | Maria Benetto Lang
  • Scott Cohen | Leonard Benetto
  • Vadim Imperioli | Young Charley 'Chick' Benetto
  • Samantha Mathis | Young Pauline 'Posey' Benetto
  • Lexie Drago | Maria Benetto
  • Jaclyn Tommer | Roberta Benetto
  • Catherine Pierce | Shirley
  • Mardi Jones | Young Miss Thelma
  • Sara Jerez | Gianna Benetto

"For One More Day is a story about forgiveness, it's about redemption, and ultimately love between a mother and her son. When I read the book, I was so moved by its message, I decided to make it a special Oprah Winfrey Presents television movie."
- Oprah

The ABC Television Network, Harpo Films and Mitch Albom re-teamed for the two-hour television event motion picture Oprah Winfrey Presents:  Mitch Albom's "For One More Day,"  based on Mitch’s book, For One More Day. Directed by Lloyd Kramer (“The Five People You Meet in Heaven” ) and starring Emmy Award winning actor Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) and Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn (“The Fountain,” “The Exorcist,”) the film premiered Sunday, December 9, 2007. 

Watch the Trailer

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Burstyn received a Screen Actors’ Guild award nomination for her role as Posey Benetto, while director Lloyd Kramer was nominated for a Directors Guild award. The film won the 2008 Satellite Award forBest Motion Picture Made for Television.

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