In this New York Times bestseller, follow the author of The Notebook as he travels the world with his brother learning about faith, loss, connection, and hope.
As moving as his bestselling works of fiction, Nicholas Sparks's unique memoir, written with his brother, chronicles the life-affirming journey of two brothers bound by memories, both humorous and tragic. In January 2003, Nicholas Sparks and his brother, Micah, set off on a three-week trip around the globe. It was to mark a milestone in their lives, for at thirty-seven and thirty-eight respectively, they were now the only surviving members of their family.
Against the backdrop of the wonders of the world and often overtaken by their feelings, daredevil Micah and the more serious, introspective Nicholas recalled their rambunctious childhood adventures and the tragedies that tested their faith. And in the process, they discovered startling truths about loss, love, and hope.
Narrated with irrepressible humor and rare candor, and including personal photos, Three Weeks with My Brother reminds us to embrace life with all its uncertainties . . . and most of all, to cherish the joyful times, both small and momentous, and the wonderful people who make them possible.
When bestselling author Sparks (The Notebook; Message in a Bottle; etc.) receives a brochure offering a three-week trip around the world, it's not hard for him to persuade Micah, his older brother, to join him in touring Guatemala's Mayan ruins, Peru's Incan temples, Easter Island, the killing fields in Cambodia, the Taj Mahal and Ethiopian rock cathedrals. His account of the trip is refreshingly honest and perceptive. At each stop, the brothers, both deeply committed to their families, cover the crucial moments in a life full of familial love and tragedy: Nick's role as the middle child always feeling left out; his marriage in 1989; the loss of Nick and Micah's mother two months later after a horseback riding accident; the death of Nick's first baby and the physical problems of his second son; the death of their father in a car accident; and the passing of their younger sister from a brain tumor. As the brothers travel together through these mythical sites and share candid thoughts, they find themselves stunned by fate's turns, realizing that a peaceful moment may be shattered at any time. Weaving in vignettes of tenderness and loss with travelogue-like observations, Sparks's account shows how he and his brother both evolved on this voyage. "Somehow there was a chance we could help each other, and in that way, I began to think of the trip less as a journey around the world than a journey to rediscover who I was and how I'd developed the way I did."
Love the narration in the book.
Nick's Back Story
I first came across Nicholas Sparks several years ago when I read "The Notebook". I truly enjoyed his writing. My little sister gave me this book. We came from a family of two brothers and one sister. Our Mom and Dad have also both passed from cancer. We are blessed that we all love each love each other. We do miss our parents everyday, but we look forward to seeing them again someday in heaven. We also lived in California as kids. So I related to some of his story. It was a very good book regardless of any similarities. I have also recommended this book to a dear friend who has been working with an autistic child. Thanks so much for a terrific novel!
Very inspiring read
My 14 year old son read this as an 8th grade English assignment and encouraged me to read it. As a busy Mom, I wondered how I would make the time to do so, and I'm so glad I did! Aside from an interesting travelogue, I most enjoyed the life lessons that the author relayed in a very heartwarming, folksy manner. I have taken time to reevaluate my own family relationships and priorities because of his book. I thoroughly recommend this!