The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler

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Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. And in the book's daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays.

Written in clear, crystalline prose, The Book of Life comprises seven stunning tales about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption that signal the arrival of a bold and exciting new writer.

About Stuart Nadler

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Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic. He is the author of the story collection The Book of Life.
Published September 1, 2011 by Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books. 256 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Charlie has been trying to make it as a writer in Hollywood and has had modest success with a B-movie script, while Dave is the “successful” son, an affluent attorney who stayed near his parents in Boston but who harbors resentment against Charlie’s abandonment.

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The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler, The Incident by Kenneth Macleod, Signs of Life by Anna Raverat and The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh

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Poignant, insightful, and beautifully written, Nadler's debut story collection looks at the complications that arise in the relationships of everyday people.

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In the opening story, The Book of Life – although based upon one man’s affair with his best friend’s daughter, and wrong as it may seem - the tension of the situation is alleviated once we begin to learn about the circumstances of why and how this affair has happened in the first place.

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Chamber Four

In seven longer-than-average short stories, Stuart Nadler takes on fathers and sons, lovers and ex-lovers, philandering philanderers, sibling rivalries, and orphans of all ages.

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Full Stop

While each story of Stuart Nadler’s The Book of Life centers on a different man, the man is always fundamentally the same.

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I'm going to be brutally honest here and say that I read Stuart Nadler's debut story collection from cover to cover and enjoyed it (not without qualification, there were a few points I knew I would want to make when it came to writing my thoughts up, but in the meantime I set the book down and be...

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