Two sheets to the wind is not a good look at a social office gathering. Attorney Charlie Goldwyn learned that the hard way and saw his carefully planned path to partnership blow up. What happens next is the sometimes funny, sad, and ultimately redemptive story by lawyer-turned-novelist Cristina Alger, author of the 2012 bestseller “The Darlings,” for  our monthly conversation with an author. in her book, “This Was Not the Plan.” 

In This Was Not the Plan, Alger literally changes course from her legal thriller bookplan, writing a book about a father close to making partner at a prestigious law firm. When a lapse in judgment at leaves him unemployed, he begins to understand there might be more to fatherhood than meets the eye.