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This Was Not the Plan: A Novel


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Cristina Alger is a lifelong New Yorker and bestselling author of The Darlings, This Was Not the Plan, The Banker's Wife, and Girls Like Us. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in New York with her husband and children and is at work on her next novel.


"This Was Not the Plan 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. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again." -Marisa de los Santos, author of The Precious One
"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, author of The Rumor
"Note to reader: clear your schedule before you start this book, because you won't be doing anything else till you finish it." -Jeff Arch, screenwriter ("Sleepless in Seattle")
"With compassion and humor Cristina Alger delves into the lure of the 1%, while deftly exposing the cost that life exacts-a cost beyond price."
-Nicola Kraus, coauthor of The First Affair
"A funny, bittersweet, and ultimately uplifting look at parenthood through the eyes of a single father. You won't just root for these characters-you'll fall in love with them."-Sarah Pekkanen, author of Things You Won't Say
"Alger's (
The Darlings) new novel of love, loss, and parenthood is readable and relatable...uplifting and memorable." * Publishers Weekly *
"This Was Not the Plan proves a delightful read about parenting, love and plans gone awry." * Associated Press *
"[A] fast-paced, laugh-out-loud novel." * San Francisco Chronicle *
"A breezy, uplifting read." * Booklist *
"Alger's darkly comic novel offers an engaging take on single parenthood from a man's viewpoint." * Library Journal *
"A big, heartfelt book that reads like your favorite sitcom....Charlie's evolution to a secure, confident, stay-at-home dad is wonderfully satisfying, and he is as relatable as Will Freeman in Nick Hornby's About a Boy." * Bookpage *
"Cristina Alger invokes humor and heart with This Was Not the Plan." * Watch Magazine *

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