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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

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A look at modern romance, a social commentary and an interesting debut. It follows a womaniser, suddenly recognised as an author, through his sad attempts at relationships as he indulges in the New York literary scene. He looks back at failed loves and as we leave him there is a chance of a forward success. He really is a very irritating man imagined by a woman in a novel that gets nowhere and does nothing beautifully.

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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

Nathaniel Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn's literary scene. After several lean, striving years and an early life as a class-A nerd, he now (to his surprise) has a lucrative book deal, his pick of plum magazine assignments, and the attentions of many desirable women: Juliet, the hotshot business journalist; Elisa, Nate's gorgeous ex-girlfriend, now friend; Hannah, lively and fun and 'almost universally regarded as nice and smart, or smart and nice'. In this twenty-first-century literary enclave, wit and conversation are not at all dead. But is romance? In The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a sensitive, flawed, modern man - to reveal the view of the new world from his garret window, and the view of women from his overactive mind.


Deeply clever...a writer to watch. -- Jonathan Franzen

With this novel, Waldman has done the heretofore impossible: get at the core of the modern female state through the roiling inner monologue of a man who loves to hate women. Her protagonist is well-meaning, and that may be the most sobering part. Nate is almost too real. Mark my words: this book will inspire laughter, chills of recognition and flights into lesbianism. -- Lena Dunham

Adelle Waldman's The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is that most unusual and wondrous of things: a novel that wants to educate our hearts. Beneath her highly graceful and entertaining prose, Waldman has a moral project in mind, she seeks to extend our sympathies and (with great charm) shame us into becoming better versions of ourselves. Her novel is constantly witty and profound. It is also a reminder that novels can be far more than pleasant diversions, they can be highly sophisticated tools that help us to grow up. -- Alain de Botton

About the Author

Adelle Waldman is a freelance writer and book critic. 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.

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Publication date

24th April 2014


Adelle Waldman

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Windmill Books an imprint of Cornerstone


272 pages


Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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