Little, Brown and Company A Calling for Charlie Barnes Little, Brown and Company A Calling for Charlie Barnes
Little, Brown and Company A Calling for Charlie Barnes Little, Brown and Company A Calling for Charlie Barnes

A Calling for Charlie Barnes

By Joshua Ferris


Publication Date: September 28, 2021

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From National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris, a new novel about a modern American family and the larger-than-life father at the heart of it. But with so many competing factions, who gets to tell his story?

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.

About the Author

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the End, The Unnamed and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

ISBN: 9780316333535

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