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There Must Be Some Mistake

A novel by


"Barthelme's take on Americana-dryly funny, despairing, caustic-is also deeply affectionate."
Amy Hempel

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 "the master of the low-key epiphany." (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 "settling for" 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.

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Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: There Must Be Some Mistake: A Novel
Author(s): Frederick Barthelme
ISBN: 0-316-23124-X / 978-0-316-23124-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: There Must Be Some Mistake
Author(s): Frederick Barthelme
ISBN: 0-316-23136-3 / 978-0-316-23136-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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Kindle Editions

October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: There Must Be Some Mistake
Author(s): Frederick Barthelme
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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