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Coaching Dad by Fred Phillips

Coaching Dad

by Fred Phillips

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Charles Behrens is a fifty year old, recently divorced father of two teenagers. The stress of his unexpected divorce has caused a minor breakdown and he’s under the care of a psychiatrist, whose treatment includes an experimental drug called XYZ-0714. As his treatment progresses, Charles is pleased to find that the drug decreases his anxiety and
his increasing lucid dreams are just a minor side effect.

A cross-country airplane trip prompts aviophobic Charles to take three times his recommended dosage of XYZ-0714. The flight goes well, but the train ride from the airport to his mother’s house does not. After a major train derailment leaves Charles dazed and stranded, he soon finds things are even stranger than he thought. He’s somehow been transported to his hometown of Hamptonville, Long Island in the year 1948.

How many of us wouldn’t want to go back in time to create new memories, to change or undo some things we might regret or simply to relive some of our life’s most precious moments? Charles Behrens, aka Charles Barkley, experiences all of this and more. Meeting and having the opportunity to coach his teenaged dad definitely tugged at my heartstrings. In fact, much of Coaching Dad was beautiful, sentimental and movie-worthy. Although I’m not much of a basketball fan, Fred Phillips was able to expertly describe the games and subsequent championship in an exciting and thoroughly engrossing manner. It certainly kept my attention and caused me to read on anxiously. It’s obvious the author is a basketball fan and he’s injected the sport in to the story wonderfully.

I wondered how Fred Phillips would wrap up the story and was not at all disappointed. Coaching Dad comes to a satisfying and lovely conclusion. Be sure to keep some tissues nearby. The author even included some final follow-up details regarding the book’s major characters.

Coaching Dad is imaginative, emotional, charming and interesting! Fred Phillips has managed to combine time-travel, romance, slice-of-life and basketball all in one highly engaging book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a feel-good tale of life, love and family. I will definitely look for more of Fred Phillips’ books! ( )
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In 'Coaching Dad,' readers get to reconsider the contention: "You can never go home again." If you were given the chance to do it, even at the risk of screwing up the space-time continuum, would you go? And if you did go, or went without knowing why, would you embrace the opportunity even if it meant eventually meeting and then coaching your father on the basketball court when he was a teenager? One minute, 50-year old, San Diego divorcee, Charles B., is on the couch expostulating before the $250/hr shrink his ex-wife's current paramour, Lance, referred him to, wondering if he's on the verge of insanity, or simply insane for taking Lance's referral. The next, he's spiritedly strolling down a South Shore Long Island main street, in June 1948, admiring ill-fated Edsels and steel fortress Ford Deluxe Coupes, while contemplating how he's going to scrape together enough money for an egg salad sandwich over at Joe's Cafe, and where he's going to find a room to rent tonight. Good thing Charles has a mind for historic baseball stats and modern basketball strategies. He'll need both to survive. He meets his dad as a teenager and the grandfather who died before he is born, finds the love of his life, and becomes a high school basketball coach at his alma mater long before he is born. Along the way he finds out who he is, who his father was, how to live without cell phones and cable TV, why love across the decades is both satisfying and terrifying, and if he can make it as a basketball coach in the 1940's. What a journey! Can you actually go home again? Find out in 'Coaching Dad.'… (more)

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