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

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Adelle Waldman, on your first book!

by Adelle Waldman

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A Brooklyn man unsuccessfully juggles the women he's dating in this comedy of manners that feels a little too real.

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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.

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  • Magnolia, DE

    Adelle Walden destroys a certain type of man in this book…it’s incredible. Loved it.

  • West Hartford, CT

  • Watermill , NY

  • San Francisco, CA

  • Queens, NY

  • Brooklyn, NY

  • Madison, WI

  • Saint Louis, MO

  • New York, NY

  • Horsham , PA

  • Hamden, CT

  • Marietta, GA

    Centering around a New York literati, the book explores the relationships of an author on the eve of pulishing his first novel. You see his inner dialouge and insecurities about both success and love.

  • Frederick , CO

    At first, Nate's misogynistic opinion is very hard to reconcile with, but this book is a MUST for every woman. For the times when we've been driven to a crazy we've never recognized in ourselves.

  • Missoula, MT

    The writing was deft and impeccable, but the pretentious prick narrator drains you the way a narcissist drains you--you're sickened at knowing the inner workings of someone so callous. Groans.

  • edmond, OK

    in this satirical look at today’s dating scene, misogynist nate believes himself to be self-aware, but for all his supposed self-described depth he is shockingly shallow and oblivious

  • Plattsburgh, NY

    Not my favorite but I think it’s more a personal thing than a quality thing. Just didn’t keep my attention, hard to follow. Very hard to like the main character.

  • Howard City, MI

    After seeing this pop up on my FB i figured id give it a read without reading the reviews i see both sides of how its okay and why some people cant finish it.

  • Beverly, MA

    This was a difficult read for me because i detested the main character, but i suppose that was the point. It still gripped my attention until the end.

  • Macon, GA

    not sure what to say about the book, the main character comes off as a womanizer although I think that was the point, it was pretty good, a fast read

  • Appleton, WI

    I wanted to be friends with the people in this book, but I somehow also got tired of reading about them.

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