The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250050458
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 199,945
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Adelle Waldman is a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Universitys 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 Journals website. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, Slate, and The Wall Street Journal, among other national publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Lily_Bart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant debut novel, written from the perspective of a young male writer in Brooklyn. I've never read a novel that so realistically and movingly portrays the subtle and sometimes tragic shifts that occur in romantic relationships when one's ideals and what you could call the brain's internal public relations machine for justifying questionable actions collide with deeper emotional needs and desires. The book is full of startling insights as well as hilarious depictions and scenes. Part Jane Austen, part Jonathan Franzen; this book is a pure pleasure. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nathaniel P. (Nate) is the creation of Adelle Waldman who brings a New York savvy woman's experience to the task of dissecting his love life. Nate is a thirty year old successful writer living in Brooklyn, involved over the course of the book with several talented and attractive young women. And while he professes to be understanding about women's issues, he has the traditional male's habit of using his considerable charm and success to gain the affection and trust of his latest love interest, only to shy away from commitment when the chips are down, leaving the young women frustrated, angry, and emotional wrought. While Nate might deny it, old attitudes keep creeping in--especially about women's looks trumping brainpower and talent. What makes the book interesting is how well Ms. Waldman understands Nate and the women involved, providing points of view fairly (it seems to me). While we might not like Nate's choices, we know him well enough by the final paragraph to understand them. Ms. Waldman has given us a nuanced reading of gender differences in the social codes of these urban, mostly successful, thirty-somethings young men and women. "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P." is an interesting read. Ms. Waldman writes well and I shall look forward to next next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although a Jane Austen character never had to deal with the problem of what are the appropriate social protocols for a man-- whose prime goal is to think well of himself--when dealing with a woman following a casual hook-up/broken condom/abortion, this book brings to mind both Jane Austen's narrative style and the way in which she so richly portrays her female protagonists in their natural habitat. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P is a thought-provoking novel that is part-anthropological study early 21st century male/female relationships among "homo intelligus Brooklycanus" and part compelling individual forensic display of the on going consequences of Nate's internal monologue/actual behavior towards the women in his life. Also--an accessible and delightful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Opposites intersect in the close-knit world of the Brooklyn literary circles. Relationships flourish and wither among subtle and unacknowledged games for higher social status based on one's alma mater, literary interests, or political opinions. Seemingly laid-back, the characters struggle with their own self-image in the constantly shifting world of relationships in their own unique subculture. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is one of those rare books that invite reflection and leave a mark with the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply diffult.to read.
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Wonderful read! Was recommended by MashReads in their new Social Book Club, and I have been raving about it!!!
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