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Free Book Friday! There Must Be Some Mistake: A Novel


There Must Be Some Mistake

by Frederick Barthelme

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.

ISBN 9780316231244, Hardcover

To enter, simply leave a comment on this Blog post. You must be a PaperBackSwap member in good standing to win.

We will choose 1 winner at random from comments we receive here on the Blog from PBS members.

You have until Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 12 noon EST, to leave a comment.

Good Luck to everyone!


Note: All the books given away on Free Book Friday are available in the PBS Market. We have thousands of new and new overstock titles available right now, with more added hourly. Some of the prices are amazing – and you can use a PBS credit to make the deal even better!






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103 Responses to “Free Book Friday! There Must Be Some Mistake: A Novel”

  1. Denise C. (charb) says:

    I would read and then share.

  2. Martha R. (mmrichey) says:

    I would love the chance to read a book by a new author and absolutely will share!!

  3. Margaret E. (safari) says:

    I’d love to be the winner!

  4. Jeff S. (JRS75) says:

    I’d like a chance to read it.

  5. S. S. (jd23) says:

    Looks like an interesting book. Thanks

  6. Jay N. (ajdowning) says:

    I love the title. It’s very catchy.

  7. Sarah G. (seg) Chicago, IL says:

    I’d love a chance to read it.

  8. K.C. Kelly (KC-Cruiser) says:

    This book sounds like a winner! Will definitely read and share.

  9. Launie P. says:

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to be the winner. Thank you

  10. I would definitely read and then share this book with others. Sounds so good!

  11. Charlie F. (shopteach) says:

    Would like to win the free book and will pass on at the senior lunch I attend every Friday.

  12. Marie B. (coolweather) says:

    This book sounds quite intriguing! I’m always on the look-out for a new mystery writer that offers an extra punch.

  13. Michelle Bovee says:

    Yes please!

  14. Vickie A. says:

    I would love to rotate this book through our collection. Sounds like one my husband would especially enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Mary L. (jammer) says:

    Sounds interesting!

  16. Sherry C. (Sherrylinn) , says:

    Thank you!

  17. Rebecca L. (rebecca4life) says:

    me please!

  18. Debra J. (homemakerdeb) says:

    Would like to be picked, please!

  19. Stephen S. says:

    Sounds like a great book

  20. Chas D. (charleyd) says:

    Sounds like a good read. Count me in.

  21. Rj M. (lunamf) says:

    Sound like a fun romp for a dreary winter weekend.

  22. Ira R. says:

    I’ve read the book’s summary twice, and I still can’t quite figure out what it’s about.

  23. Tina B. (bookshelftreasures) says:

    This one sounds good. I always enjoy discovering a new author.

  24. Vanice D. says:

    I love how everyone would read and share, sounds like a good idea. Count me in.

  25. Cookie F. says:

    Interesting – quite a reflection on his part. I’m sure I would enjoy this book.

  26. Jack S. (misiu) says:

    Count me in

  27. MAry K. (peanuty) says:

    Yes. This is a book I would read and share. There seems to be serious humor and humanity here and that makes a book worth reading.

  28. Kayleen (jegka) says:

    Hey, I’m a fiftyish pseudo-retired amateur designer in a retired community on the shore. I can relate! LOL (Luckily my neighbors aren’t dying at an alarming rate. My neighbor Jun is 92 and still works at the museum two days a week.) Nor am I having an off-beat (or any other beat) affair. But this still looks very interesting. 😉

  29. Norma Z. (Breanne) says:

    I would love to read & then share.

  30. Darlene J. (djj51) , says:

    This sounds like a fun read.

  31. Maria P. (firesign) says:

    This was a great idea to do! Congratulations to the lucky winner!!!!! 🙂

  32. Loralee B. (MsSnoop) says:

    as my first time to visit this blog / free book Friday – I noticed that due to the book’s title – the link appeared to be simply a way to promote a book review…. not a free book contest “there must be some mistake” as in sorry no book contest, just a new way to read a review… Very creative.

  33. Bully L. (roxanne3) says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. Tanya W. (TanyaW) , says:

    I would definitely like to read…and share!

  35. Betsy W. (jakiebooks) says:

    I would like to read and promise to share.

  36. Nancy C. (nancymissyc) says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Vicky T. (vickyt) , says:

    So many good books.

  38. Bobbie W. (blessedwithbooks) says:

    I didn’t know what Website meant but when I caught a glimpse of this title and free book, I thought “There must be some mistake!” 🙂

  39. Molly S. (mollygirl) says:

    Sounds like a great read!

  40. Joseph L. says:

    Sounds interesting.

  41. Roberta (texteacher) says:

    What a great idea! Sounds like an interesting read!

  42. Terri R. (emeraldmagick) says:

    sounds interesting

  43. Julie B. (juliebev) says:

    Catchy title. Sounds interesting.

  44. Sage V. (sageisnotaplant) says:

    I’d love to read this book!

  45. Laura G. (summersoff) says:

    always up for a free book give away

  46. Stephanie S. says:

    My motto is “If it’s free it’s for me!” I’d love to win a free book!

  47. Emeral says:

    I would love to read this book and share it.

  48. Mary Ellen says:

    I would love to read this (and then post on PBS of course)

  49. Audrey A. (Arosea) says:

    Sounds like a good read I might not have come across without this offer.

  50. Heather H says:

    Thanks for this opportunity! I love being a member of PBS!

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