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This Was Not the Plan - A Novel

Cristina Alger

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 has to become the father he didn't know he could be. Charlie Goldwyn's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan. A widower at thirty-four, he is left trying to raise a quirky five-year-old, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls' clothing have made him a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie does have going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm where-after ten long years of twelve-hour days and working through weekends and a huge win on a settlement-he is finally a rising star on his way to becoming a partner. But after a "Jerry McGuire" moment at an office party, Charlie finds himself humiliatingly unemployed and stuck at home with Caleb for the summer as he desperately tries to win his job back. When a wedding forces Charlie to spend time with his own father-whom he hasn't spoken to in thirty-five years-he begins to realize that there's more to fatherhood than being able to provide financially for his son, and vows to become the father he never had-and the father he never thought he was capable of being. An intimate, accessible, and ultimately moving novel, This Was Not the Plan is a touching story about loss and love, parenthood and friendship, and what true work-life balance means.

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 has to become the father he didn't know he could be. Charlie Goldwyn's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan. A widower at thirty-four, he is left trying to raise a quirky five-year-old, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls' clothing have made him a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie does have going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm where-after ten long years of twelve-hour days and working through weekends and a huge win on a settlement-he is finally a rising star on his way to becoming a partner. But after a "Jerry McGuire" moment at an office party, Charlie finds himself humiliatingly unemployed and stuck at home with Caleb for the summer as he desperately tries to win his job back. When a wedding forces Charlie to spend time with his own father-whom he hasn't spoken to in thirty-five years-he begins to realize that there's more to fatherhood than being able to provide financially for his son, and vows to become the father he never had-and the father he never thought he was capable of being. An intimate, accessible, and ultimately moving novel, This Was Not the Plan is a touching story about loss and love, parenthood and friendship, and what true work-life balance means.
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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 has to become the father he didn't know he could be. Charlie Goldwyn's life hasn't exactly gone according to plan. A widower at thirty-four, he is left trying to raise a quirky five-year-old, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls' clothing have made him a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie does have going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm where-after ten long years of twelve-hour days and working through weekends and a huge win on a settlement-he is finally a rising star on his way to becoming a partner. But after a "Jerry McGuire" moment at an office party, Charlie finds himself humiliatingly unemployed and stuck at home with Caleb for the summer as he desperately tries to win his job back. When a wedding forces Charlie to spend time with his own father-whom he hasn't spoken to in thirty-five years-he begins to realize that there's more to fatherhood than being able to provide financially for his son, and vows to become the father he never had-and the father he never thought he was capable of being. An intimate, accessible, and ultimately moving novel, This Was Not the Plan is a touching story about loss and love, parenthood and friendship, and what true work-life balance means.

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Newbern

Length:

9h 12m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

29:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

11:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:37


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:19


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:43


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:10


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:23


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

28:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

30:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:01


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:36


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:47