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This Was Not the Plan

(2016)
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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 34, 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 10 long years of 12-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 Maguire 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 35 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.

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


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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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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 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: This Was Not the Plan: A Novel
Author(s): Cristina Alger
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


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
Availability: Amazon UK   


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February 2016 : USA, 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