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A story about life, though perhaps not the one you would choose to live.
inspired by the characters from the Harry Chapin song of the same name, 'A Better Place To Be' is a story of love, loss, and the ability to overcome the worst that life can throw at someone and come out the other side.
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Published (first published December 1st 2017)
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Al
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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As the description and cover make clear, this book is based on the Harry Chapin song of the same name. Yeah, you know, Harry Chapin. The guy who wrote Taxi (no, not the TV thing with Danny DeVito, the song). Don’t know that song? How about Cat’s in the Cradle? I guess mentioning 30,000 Pounds of Bananas or W.O.L.D would be pointless. Potential readers of this book are going to fall into two camps. The kids (okay, middle-aged adults) who have no clue who Harry Chapin is and are clueless about the ...more
Nicholas Rossis
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading Wind's book, I had never heard Chapin's song. So, for me, the book was judged on its own merits. And what merits it has: it takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions, from despair to hope and back again. While its hero's life crashes and burns following his beloved wife's illness, we can't help but hope for his redemption. Instead, we watch him descend ever deeper into a hell of his own making.

Beautifully written, the book pulls no punches when Wind describes the hero's dep
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Bronwyn
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
David Wind is an author I’ve read before, in other genres – fantasy sci-fi, and thrillers. This one is contemporary, literary – a very human and moving story of a man trying to cope with one of the worst tests that life can throw at you.
The central character is very well drawn, and the facts well informed.
The writing is fluent, intelligent, not overdone. I recommend it to all who are interested in the human condition and reading about the pathways we take through life.
Steph Warren
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*I received a free ARC of this book with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

This story is inspired by and based on the Harry Chapin song of the same name, but where the song focuses on the everyday loneliness of average people this story is about the loneliness and grief that comes when great love is lost.

Most of the plot follows the main character, John, as he first has to come to terms with his beloved wife’s illness and then self-destructs in her absence
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PelicanFreak
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow.
That word just comes to mind over and over, in regards to this book, along with the phrase, heart-wrenching. It’s good though - incredibly, in a makes-you-feel-things-and-think-things brilliantly good.

Upon first meeting John, he’s likable enough. He soon turns out to be sweet and the reader would have to be dead to not feel his love for Claire - and it is mutual. So the two of them have this great, comfortable thing…until tragedy strikes. Then the reader is treated to a gut-wrenching, realis
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Piper Templeton
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Better Place to Be by David Wind takes the reader on lead character John Edghes’ journey after life deals him a devastating blow. Inspired by the Harry Chapin song of the same name, this exquisitely-written novel pays homage to the song while creating a detailed back story and character study.

The author gets deep inside the mind and soul of John as he paints a realistic portrait of a man’s descent into despair and his struggle to reclaim functionality in the real world. It’s a long, agonizing
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Nancy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When John loses his wife to cancer, he falls into a pit of despair. He visualizes Claire and speaks to her as he loses his job, his home, and everything else meaningful to him. With the help of a kindly and wise therapist, he begins to crawl back to life. But to reach true freedom, he must be willing to let Claire go. Sad, poignant, and heart-wrenching, this story is beautifully written and provides hope that out of the darkness will come a sliver of light. That sliver can grow into a new, happi ...more
Mitzi
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John is a lonely man who lost his wife to cancer 12 years ago. He’s been through a lot, but has his life on a track with which he is now comfortable. He meets a woman in a diner, and has one night of holding someone again. She leaves while he is out getting breakfast for them. But, he now remembers how nice it is to be with someone. Is he open to letting someone else in? A lovely story based on a classic story-song.
Patsy Kietzman
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional read. The emotions were full on. Not a tearjerker but I would feel tears streaming down my cheeks.. we have all been sad and unhappy and lost,this book puts the words inside you as you read. Well written and paced. I felt as if I were a partner in this book. Well done. I will looking into more of your books..Thanks for a great read.
Debbi Smith
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a rabid Harry Chapin fan, I'm at a loss in what to say about this book. A little happy, a lot sad, and true to the song.
A good book and recommended to those of you that know there's not always a happy ending.
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Marjorie McGuire
This just didn’t work for me. The story didn’t lead up to the song, in my opinion. Editing was so poor... errors were extremely distracting. Really disappointed as I’ve been a Harry Chapin fan for over 40 years and I would for love his work to live on. But not like this!
Bella
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A moving story that is thoughtfully composed and beautifully written. Worth reading for the poetic nature of the author's prose alone, but the story will not disappoint either.

I received this book as a gift, and have decided to leave a review.
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Ann Keeran
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story of love, disease, death, despair and recovery. After hitting bottom, our hero finds A Better Place To Be. A definite must read for every human.
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Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are proud to announce that A BETTER PLACE TO BE: Based on the Harry Chapin Song by David Wind is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Nancy
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good book however I do wish the author had done more to make it more interesting. I look forward to reading more of this author's work. ...more
Beth
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am huge Harry Chapin fan and now I am a David Wind fan too!
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International award winning author and double B.R.A.G. Honoree, David Wind, has published forty-three novels including Science Fiction, Mystery, and suspense thrillers. He lives in Florida, with his wife Bonnie. David is the past President (2020) of the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America

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