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Joshua Ferris – A Calling for Charlie Barnes

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

Free

Book Passage Presents

Thurs., October 7, 2021 • 5:30pm PT • Live • Online

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From a National Book Award Finalist comes a novel about a modern American family and a man on a secret mission to uncover the world’s hidden truths—until his two lives come crashing together.

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn’t appear to be going well. Too often divorced, discontent with life’s compromises, and in a house he hates, this lifelong schemer and eternal romantic would like out of his present circumstances and into the American dream. But when the twin calamities of the Great Recession and a cancer scare come along to compound his troubles, his dreams dwindle further, and an infinite past full of forking paths quickly tapers to a black dot.

Then, against all odds, something goes right for a change: Charlie is granted a second act. With help from his storyteller son, he surveys the facts of his life and finds his true calling where he least expects it—in a sacrifice that redounds with selflessness and love—at last becoming the man his son always knew he could be.

A Calling for Charlie Barnes is a profound and tender portrait of a man whose desperate need to be loved is his downfall, and a brutally funny account of how that love is ultimately earned.

Joshua Ferris is the author of three previous novels, Then We Came to the EndThe Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, and a collection of stories, The Dinner Party. He was a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and the PEN/Hemingway Award, and was named one of The New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40” writers in 2010. To Rise Again at a Decent Hour won the Dylan Thomas Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His short stories have appeared in The New YorkerGranta, and Best American Short Stories. He lives in New York.

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October 7
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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
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Free
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