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.
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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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from NY Times
Nate’s self-destructive moodiness and reverse-engineered justifications are especially well drawn; his shallow pick-a-fight thoughts may even be painfully familiar.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from NY Times
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from NPR
...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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from NPR
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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...Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from LA Times
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.Read Full Review of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel... | See more reviews from The Economist
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