Details

ISBN-10: 0316333530
ISBN-13: 9780316333535
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 09/28/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.00" W, 1.40" H

A Calling for Charlie Barnes

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Overview

“A New York Times Notable Book” about a modern American family and one man’s attempt to come to understand the many lives of his father, from National Book Award Finalist Joshua Ferris.

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.

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"With meticulous, wry prose and a dash of self-effacing metafiction, Joshua Ferris delves deeply into the simultaneously extraordinary and ordinary life of Charlie Barnes, a man with as much failure in him as found in our bankrupted country. This novel, about dentures and toupees and all the ways we disguise ourselves from our intimates, is at its large heart a moving portrait of a father and son to rival the best of Roth."–Teddy Wayne, author of Apartment
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Details

ISBN-10: 0316333530
ISBN-13: 9780316333535
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: 09/28/2021
Dimensions: 9.30" L, 6.00" W, 1.40" H
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