The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

A Novel

Adelle Waldman

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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.

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It was too late to pretend he hadn’t seen her. Juliet was already squinting with recognition. For an instant she looked pleased to make out a familiar face on a crowded street. Then she realized who it was.
“Nate.”
“Juliet! Hi. How are you?”
At the sound of his voice, a tight little grimace passed over Juliet’s eyes and mouth. Nate smiled uneasily.
“You look terrific,” he said. “How’s the Journal?”
Juliet shut her eyes briefly. “It’s fine, Nate.

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Sex, Love and the Novel

Adelle Waldman, Emily Cooke, Kate Bolick, Parul Sehgal, and moderator David Haglund discuss whether the fluid nature of modern relationships present a special challenge for the novel. Recorded at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on August 1, 2013. www.housingworks.org

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Adelle Waldman

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
Adelle Waldman

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Flavorwire Best Books of the Year, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Guide to the 100 Best Books of the Year, NPR Best Book of the Year, Slate Book Review Best Books of the Year , The Economist Magazine Books of the Year, The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year, Washington Post Best Books of the Year

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Picador
5/6/2014
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ISBN: 9781250050458
ISBN10: 1250050456
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
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Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805097450
ISBN10: 0805097457
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
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July 2013
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ISBN: 9780805097467
ISBN10: 0805097465
266 pages
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