This Was Not the Plan

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Thorndike Press, 2016 - Fiction - 486 pages
From the acclaimed author of "The Darlings" comes an incisive, hilarious, and tender exploration of fatherhood, love, and family life through the story of a widower who attempts to become the father he didn t know he could be.
Charlie Goldwyn s life hasn t exactly gone according to plan. Widowerhood at thirty-three and twelve-hour workdays have left a gap in his relationship with his quirky five-year-old son, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls clothing have made him something of a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie has going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm, where he is finally close to becoming a partner.
But when a slight lapse in judgment at an office party leaves him humiliatingly unemployed, stuck at home with Caleb for the summer, and forced to face his own estranged father, Charlie starts to realize that there s more to fatherhood than financially providing for his son, and more to being a son than overtaking his father s successes.
At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, "This Was Not the Plan" is a story about loss and love, parenthood, and friendship, and what true work-life balance means."

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Charlie Goldwyn was happily married and living in Manhattan while working at a prestigious law firm. Two years ago everything changed when he lost his wife in a plane crash. Following her death, he ... Read full review

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This Was Not the Plan is a sweet story about a dad, Charlie Goldwyn, whose life takes a sharp turn off the path he had planned for himself. The story opens two years after his wife has died. Charlie ... Read full review

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