by Ray Goldrup
Then Came Charlie is the tale of Charlie, a 72-year old homeless man who goes to live with his son’s family after a confrontation with the local municipal court. Charlie is about to be ordered to a nursing home by the city’s judge, though he doesn’t want to go. At the last minute his married son comes forward to tell the judge that he will take his father into his home.
The adjustment is difficult for the family, except for Charlie and his five-year old grandson Billy. Confrontations with Charlie’s daughter-in-law and two teenaged grandchildren, Eric and Makinzee, make things difficult. It’s obvious—Charlie’s a pain to live with! The family just can’t get along.
When his longtime friend finally succumbs to his illness and dies, Charlie’s attitude dims significantly. Mentally, he’s about to give up. The climax of the book focuses on what ultimately changes both Charlie and the family, and how those changes shape their lives. Then Came Charlie is a readable, poignant, funny novel of family life, woven around the theme of caring for and loving the elderly. It is highly entertaining as it weaves its warm and loving message. It’s a tale you won’t want to miss.
Ray Goldrup, the author of the screenplay Windwalker, and many screenplays for other TV series, has done a magnificent job writing this heartwarming tale of a family that, although they have room to improve, comes to realize the importance of togetherness and love.
- Moth at the Window
- Man on the Park Bench
- An Honest Mistake
- Ever Since Your Father Moved in on Us
- For an Old Man You Can Raise a Lot of Dust
- Trump Card
- Much T’do About Something
- Lunch at Effie’s Café
- Shoot-Out at Arny’s Place
- The Great Escape
- Too Good to be True
- Down the Up Staircase
- Billy… Makinzee…Eric
- To Walk a Plank
- Who Will Take Care of the Pigons?
- Put On That Red Dress, Maggie
- The Beast with Two-Hundred Heads
6 inches x 9 inches paperback