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  • Published: 16 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241972960
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

A Calling for Charlie Barnes



From the Booker-shortlisted author comes a poignant novel about fathers, sons and the embers of the American dream

Charlie Barnes is a mid-century man devoted to his newspaper and his landline. But Charlie is about to get dragged into our troubled age by his storyteller son, who has a different idea of him than he has of himself. Then there are his other children, his ex-wives, present wife, business clients, friends and acquaintances, all of whom have their competing opinions of Charlie.

He certainly seems simple enough: he's a striver, a romantic, and a thoroughgoing capitalist. But suddenly blindsided by the Great Recession and a dose of bad news, he might have to rethink his life from top to bottom, and on short notice. What makes a man real? What makes him good? And how does the story we tell about ourselves line up with the lives that we actually live?

  • Published: 16 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241972960
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the author

Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He attended the University of Iowa and the University of California, Irvine. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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