This Was Not the Plan: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 2, 2016 - Fiction - 340 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

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
33
Section 4
40
Section 5
46
Section 6
52
Section 7
62
Section 8
73
Section 20
183
Section 21
186
Section 22
204
Section 23
223
Section 24
232
Section 25
240
Section 26
250
Section 27
259

Section 9
82
Section 10
87
Section 11
94
Section 12
101
Section 13
116
Section 14
121
Section 15
131
Section 16
148
Section 17
153
Section 18
161
Section 19
171
Section 28
277
Section 29
282
Section 30
290
Section 31
296
Section 32
299
Section 33
306
Section 34
317
Section 35
330
Section 36
339
Section 37
341
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About the author (2016)

Cristina Alger is a lifelong New Yorker and bestselling author of The Darlings, This Was Not the Plan, The Banker's Wife, and Girls Like Us. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children and is at work on her next novel.

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