There Must Be Some Mistake

      Frederick Barthelme

There Must Be Some Mistake

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, an upscale, southern condo development where residents are passing away at an alarming rate. Divorced, he monitors events in the neighborhood there on Galveston Bay, keeping in touch with his ex-wife, his grown daughter, and a younger former coworker, for whom he has much-averted eyes. As things go haywire in the community, Wallace meets an age-appropriate and somewhat exotic (and possibly criminal) resident who is no stranger to death herself. Finding each other simpatico, they commence an off-beat affair that begins with Wallace locked in an Airstream trailer attached to the roof of her restaurant. Together with these principals and an eccentric supporting cast, Wallace sifts through the...
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    Waveland

      Frederick Barthelme

Waveland

Set amidst the tatters of post-Katrina Gulf Coast Mississippi, Waveland is a brilliantly observed portrait of our times from one of the most incisive novelists at work today.

Partially retired architect Vaughn Williams does what he can to remain "viable." Battling the doldrums of midlife, he teaches an occasional class, reads the newspapers, scours the Internet, and thinks obsessively about his late father. When his ex-wife seeks refuge from her hotheaded boyfriend, Vaughn and his girlfriend, Greta, agree to let her move in, perhaps a little too cavalierly. Add in Vaughan's annoyingly successful younger brother, who carries a torch for Vaughn's ex-wife, and lingering suspicions about Greta's involvement in her husband's murder and the result is an emotionally resonant tale of mortality, love, regret, and redemption that only Barthelme could unwind.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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