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ISBN-10: 0316333549
ISBN-13: 9780316333542
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H

A Calling for Charlie Barnes

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Named a best book of the year by NPR, Vogue, and the New York Times Book Review, the hilarious and profound new novel from National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris is “a fine American novel about family, love, and a decent but flawed man trying to be better” (Stephen King).

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn’t appear to be going well. Too often divorced, discontent with life’s compromises and in a house he hates, this lifelong schemer and eternal romantic would like out of his present circumstances and into the American dream. But when the twin calamities of the Great Recession and a cancer scare come along to compound his troubles, his dreams dwindle further, and an infinite past full of forking paths quickly tapers to a black dot.

Then, against all odds, something goes right for a change: Charlie is granted a second act. With help from his storyteller son, he surveys the facts of his life and finds his true calling where he least expects it–in a sacrifice that redounds with selflessness and love–at last becoming the man his son always knew he could be.

A Calling for Charlie Barnes is a profound and tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.

“A masterpiece that shines a revealing light on both family and fiction itself.” –Michael Schaub, NPR

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"Ferris's new novel is meta-narrated by Jake Barnes, a novelist who turns his father Charlie's life into a hall of mirrors for reasons that emerge over time. Ferris has said that Charlie Barnes is modeled on his own father, who died in 2014. The book zigzags artfully through time, gradually amplifying and modifying each phase of Charlie's life, in ways that keep it constantly surprising. This is a more tender novel than Ferris's others, but it is also funny from start to finish. Our reviewer Janet Maslin says this is Ferris's 'most dazzling' book, and that he has 'risen to the top of his game.'"–New York Times Editors' Choice
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Details

ISBN-10: 0316333549
ISBN-13: 9780316333542
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 06/07/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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