A Calling for Charlie Barnes
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. His son 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?
About the Author
Joshua Ferris was born in Illinois in 1974. He is the author of Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed. In 2010 he was selected for the New Yorker’s prestigious ’20 under 40′ list. He lives in upstate New York.
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