There Must Be Some Mistake

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, 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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (3 reviews)

“There Must Be Some Mistake” often reads like an amusing existential satire of the detective novel, one in which the crimes and misunderstandings escalate without resolution and the convenient Agatha Christie-like “summing up” never arrives in time to deliver the culprits to the cops.

Mr. Barthelme’s characters all speak crackling dialogue, which is mostly a delight.

Understated, seemingly offhanded, Barthelme’s writing conveys much about the oddities of contemporary life with warmth and welcome humor.

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (October 07, 2014)

Parent ISBN: 9780316231381

Page count: 224 pages

File size: 385 KB

Language: English

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