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This Was Not the Plan

(2016)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us comes a “funny, bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting look” (Sarah Pekkanen) at fatherhood, love, and family life.

Charlie Goldwyn’s life hasn’t exactly gone according to plan. Widowerhood at thirty-three and twelve-hour workdays have left a gap in his relationship with his quirky five-year-old son, Caleb, whose obsession with natural disasters and penchant for girls’ clothing have made him something of a loner at his preschool. The only thing Charlie has going for him is his job at a prestigious law firm, where he is finally close to becoming a partner.

But when a slight lapse in judgment at an office party leaves him humiliatingly unemployed, stuck at home with Caleb for the summer, and forced to face his own estranged father, Charlie starts to realize that there’s more to fatherhood than financially providing for his son, and more to being a son than overtaking his father’s successes.

At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, This Was Not the Plan is a “sparkling and heartfelt” (Bookpage) story about loss and love, parenthood, and friendship, and what true work-life balance means.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"I love the writing of Cristina Alger....Complex and beautifully drawn." - Elin Hilderbrand

"With compassion and humor Cristina Alger delves into the lure of the 1%, while deftly exposing the cost that life exacts—a cost beyond price." - Nicola Kraus

"A funny, bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting look at parenthood through the eyes of a single father. You won't just root for these characters—you'll fall in love with them." - Sarah Pekkanen

"This Was Not the Plan has everything I love in a story: wit; fresh, stunningly human characters; pitch-perfect sentences; piercing emotion; a big, gorgeous mess of a family; and a big, gorgeous heart. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again." - Marisa de los Santos


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Hardback Editions

June 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Was Not The Plan (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): Cristina Alger
ISBN: 1-4104-9057-2 / 978-1-4104-9057-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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February 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
ISBN: 1-5011-0375-X / 978-1-5011-0375-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Paperback Editions

October 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
ISBN: 1-5011-0376-8 / 978-1-5011-0376-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Audio Editions

February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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February 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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February 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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February 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Touchstone
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February 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Touchstone
Availability: Amazon UK