There Must Be Some Mistake

There Must Be Some Mistake

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A fiftyish graphic designer forced into retirement discovers, via a parade of unlikely events, that it may still be a lovely day in the neighborhood, by qthe master of the low-key epiphany.q (The New Yorker) Wallace Webster lives alone in Kemah, Texas at Forgetful Bay, a condo development where residents are passing away at an alarming rate. As he monitors events in the neighborhood, Wallace keeps in touch with his ex-wife, his grown daughter, a former coworker for whom he has much averted eyes, and a somewhat exotic resident with whom he commences an off-beat affair. He sifts through the curious accidents that plague his neighbors, all the while reflecting on his past and shortening future. Required to reflect upon his own mortality, he wonders if qsettling forq something less than he aspired to is a kind of cowardice, or just good sense. Beneath the arresting repartee and the ever-present and often satisfying banality of our modern lives--from Google searches to real life mysteries on TV--lies Frederick Barthelme's affection for and curiosity about our human condition. THERE MUST BE SOME MISTAKE is warm and wry, beautifully written, and completely irresistible.You got water, boats, oysters, scenery, guys in Bermuda shorts everywhere you look. ... a€œCome on, a€ I said. a€œYoua#39;re more like the jewels of the Madonna.a€ a€œOh yeah ? Good to know. When did that happen?a€ a€œDunno ... It wasna#39;t only Dianea#39;s instruction, it was time, it was time going by faster ... a€œClubbing, scouring date sites , posting on Craigslist, putting buttnaked pictures on all the better meetaman sites .

Title:There Must Be Some Mistake
Author:Frederick Barthelme
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2014-10-07


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