There Must Be Some Mistake

There Must Be Some Mistake

A Novel

Book - 2014
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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 "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.

Baker & Taylor
Forced into retirement, fiftyish graphic designer Wallace Webster, discovers via a parade of unlikely events and his own meditations on life and mortality, that things just may not be all that bad. 20,000 first printing.

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"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 offbeat affair that begins with his being locked in an Airstream trailer attached to the roof of her restaurant. He sifts through the curious accidents that plague his neighbors, all the while reflecting on his past and shortening future. Required to ponder his own mortality, he wonders if "settling for" something less than he aspired to is a kind of cowardice, or just good sense."--Dust jacket.
After being forced into retirement, Wallace Webster, discovers through his own meditations on life and mortality, that things just may not be all that bad.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316231244
Branch Call Number: FIC BAR
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,22 cm.

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ArcticAndy
Nov 14, 2017

Different. Well written even if it was all over the place with seemingly disconnected thoughts, sentences/paragraphs/chapters. It was like a short story in a novel full of words with a surprise ending.

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moviefan01
Jan 15, 2015

Sometimes, the quirky characters are really what makes a good novel--and I love these characters!
In a way, reading this novel was a bit like watching the Bruce Campbell film Bubba Ho-Tep. Narrator Wallace Webster reminds me of the Elvis character there, sometimes laconic and philosophical. Great cast of characters, but any mystery element is sort of "lite."

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