This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: February 2016
Duration: 9 hours 11 minutes
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.