The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
A Novel

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Call it comedy of manners. Call it social satire. Don’t call The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. chick lit, not unless you want to come up with a new definition of the term.
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The national bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New Yorker, NPR, Slate, The Economist, The New Republic, Bookforum, Baltimore City Paper, The Daily Beast, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Reader, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Buzzfeed and many others. A New York Times Editors' Choice and a Washington Post Notable book.

"Adelle Waldman's debut novel, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., scrutinizes Nate and the subculture that he thrives in with a patient, anthropological detachment. Ms. Waldman has sorted and cross-categorized the inhabitants of Nate's world with a witty, often breathtaking precision..."—Maria Russo, The New York Times

"Adelle Waldman just may be this generation's Jane Austen"—The Boston Globe

A debut novel by a brilliant young woman about the romantic life of a brilliant young man.

Writer Nate Piven's star is rising. After several lean and striving years, he has his pick of both magazine assignments and women: Juliet, the hotshot business reporter; Elisa, his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; and Hannah, "almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice," who holds her own in conversation with his friends. When one relationship grows more serious, Nate is forced to consider what it is he really wants.
In Nate's 21st-century literary world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. Is romance? Novelist Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a flawed, sometimes infuriating modern man—one who thinks of himself as beyond superficial judgment, yet constantly struggles with his own status anxiety, who is drawn to women, yet has a habit of letting them down in ways that may just make him an emblem of our times. With tough-minded intelligence and wry good humor The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is an absorbing tale of one young man's search for happiness—and an inside look at how he really thinks about women, sex and love.

 

About Adelle Waldman

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Adelle Waldman is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia University's journalism school. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal's website. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co.. 257 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Maria Russo on Aug 04 2013

It’s small and specific, drained of history and ethnicity, attendant to the pangs of its social conscience but committed, still, to its fascination with the well-being of those who have already won.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Jess Walter on Jul 12 2013

Nate’s self-destructive moodiness and ­reverse-engineered justifications are especially well drawn; his shallow pick-a-fight thoughts may even be painfully familiar.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Jiayang Fan on Jul 06 2014

At the centre of the story is the relationship between Nate and Hannah, an intelligent, attractive, aspiring writer Nate meets...and its progress from a promising beginning to its poisonous and inexplicable terminus....Waldman's portrait of Nate and men of his ilk crackles with prickly wit and wry humour.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Hermione Hoby on Sep 20 2013

George Eliot provides the book's epigraph: "To give a true account of what passes within us, something else is necessary besides sincerity." Nate may not be able to give us a true account, but his mordantly astute creator can.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Jack Goodstein on May 10 2014

Call it comedy of manners. Call it social satire. Don’t call The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. chick lit, not unless you want to come up with a new definition of the term.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Aug 06 2013

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a sharp and assured tale about a sharp and assured young man, who often acts like a dog.

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NPR

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Reviewed by Lidia Jean Kott on Jul 18 2013

...would I recommend this book if you don't already care about the lives of 30-somethings in Brooklyn and aren't worried about whether your boyfriend likes you? Probably not.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Ariel Balter on Jun 25 2013

The title, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., doesn’t quite do justice to this witty, engaging novel...it is not a steamy, trashy romance, but an observant, deftly, and cleverly composed work.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer Gilmore on Jul 18 2013

The plot of "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." is rather thin — there is little propelling the story forward — but the book is an exacting character study and Waldman an excellent and witty prose stylist. She gets at the ebb and flow of relationships...

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The Economist

Good
on Jul 27 2013

This is an impressive book, full of sharp and amusing observations about urban life, liberal pieties and modern dating...Though Nate has an archetypal quality—his mix of lofty ideals and poor behaviour is not uncommon among the triumphant ex-nerds of literary Brooklyn—Ms Waldman has skilfully rendered him both fascinating and sympathetic.

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