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Some Reviews We Liked

Dear Reader,

Below please to find reviews and remarks concerning the author’s recent novel, There Must Be Some Mistake. Most of these are reasonably favorable, as you might have imagined, finding them here linked.


Tzer Island Blog
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Entertainment Monthly
Kirkus Reviews
Publisher’s Weekly
An Amazon review.
Lisa Zeidner at Goodreads
Mary Miller in Trop
At Swiftly Tilting Planet
Steven Kellman in the Dallas Morning News
Harvey Freedenberg at Shelf-Awareness
Nancy Conners at Cleveland Plain Dealer
Ellen Akins at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Amazon’s Frederick Barthelme page


Wait–what did she say?

Propelled by staccato dialogue and a soundtrack of trashy television shows, Barthelme’s devilishly funny, gorgeously atmospheric, and wryly noirish farce brilliantly poses provocative questions about artifice and reality, loyalty and love, cowardice and valor. 
— Donna Seaman, Booklist

There Must Be Some Mistake


Frederick Barthelme’s new novel There Must Be Some Mistake is due from Little, Brown & Co. in October 2014. In the novel a fiftyish graphic designer forced into retirement discovers, in spite of a parade of unlikely events, including numerous deaths, suicides, threats, explosions, and similar, that it might still be a bearable day in the neighborhood. A lovely new novel from the author The New Yorker calls, “the master of the low-key epiphany.” Read more There Must Be Some Mistake


The novel Waveland was published by Doubleday in 2009 in hardcover and 2010 in paper. It is set in Waveland, Mississippi, a year after hurricane Katrina leveled the place. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions at Amazon and elsewhere.

From Booklist

In his newest novel of dysfunction and love along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Barthelme, as he did so incisively in Elroy Nights (2003), dissects middle-age malaise. His characters often seem shipwrecked, and in this off-kilter story of death and divorce, they pretty much are after Katrina transforms the modest beachfront town of Waveland into “ten miles of debris.” Barthelme offers stunning descriptions of the hurricane and its aftermath as he tracks unmoored Vaughn, an architect who has lost his passion for buildings and romance after his reliably unpredictable wife ends their marriage. Brooding, funny, and oddly passive, Vaughn has wandered into a companionable relationship with Greta, the prime suspect in her husband’s murder, and a skittish friendship with hair-trigger Eddie, who lost a hand in the first Gulf War. Meanwhile, Vaughn’s widower father endures a cruelly limited existence. In this powerfully atmospheric story of loneliness and risk, Barthelme slyly conceals emotional and philosophical intensity beneath the peculiarity of circumstance, the dazzle of hilarious repartee, and the luster of gorgeous prose. –Donna Seaman –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Read more Waveland