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Author: Cristina Alger Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781442391642
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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 thirty-four, 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 ten long years of twelve-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 McGuire” 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 thirty-five 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author

  • “I love the writing of Cristina Alger. Her characters are complex and beautifully drawn. I lost myself in This Was Not the Plan.”

    Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Cristina Alger invokes humor and heart with This Was Not the Plan."

    Watch magazine

  • “Alger takes the tired concept of work-life balance and turns it into a sparkling and heartfelt portrait of a single father finding his way.”


  • “Alger’s new novel of love, loss, and parenthood is readable and relatable…uplifting and memorable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An engaging take on single parenthood from a man’s viewpoint.”

    Library Journal

  • “A breezy, uplifting read.”


  • A BookPage Top Pick of February 2016

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About the Author

Cristina Alger is a writer whose first novel The Darlings was published in 2012. A lifelong New Yorker and a graduate of Harvard College and New York University Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.