The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
Bold, touching, and funny—a debut novel by a brilliant young woman about the coming-of-age of a brilliant young literary man“He was not the kind of guy who disappeared after sleeping with a woman—and certainly not after the condom broke. On the contrary: Nathaniel Piven was a product of a... show more
Bold, touching, and funny—a debut novel by a brilliant young woman about the coming-of-age of a brilliant young literary man“He was not the kind of guy who disappeared after sleeping with a woman—and certainly not after the condom broke. On the contrary: Nathaniel Piven was a product of a postfeminist 1980s childhood and politically correct, 1990s college education. He had learned all about male privilege. Moreover, he was in possession of a functional and frankly rather clamorous conscience.” – From The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.Nate Piven is a rising star in Brooklyn’s literary scene. 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 is lively fun and holds her own in conversation with his friends.In this 21st-century literary world, wit and conversation are not at all dead. Is romance? Novelist Adelle Waldman plunges into the psyche of a modern man—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. 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.
Publish date: July 16th 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
Well that sure was the least romantic book about love that I've ever read. This pretty much was a Woody Allen movie in book form. I suppose the author intended to make her protagonist loathsome and the women characters who were supposed to be mold-breaking not so mold-breaking. There were some s...
In the build up to the holidays and winding down of the year, I’ve basically stopped reviewing—too many books, not enough time. Instead of trying to cram them in, or ignore them altogether, I’ve decided to do a little summary post for the most notable books I read in November and December so I can f...
Merely adequate stylistically but worth reading as a cautionary tale. Highlights the important distinction between being general nice and a genuinely good person.
My August Rewind (up late, but better late than pregnant... Err, never. Better late than never. THE BOOKS: The Fairest of Them All | Carolyn Turgeon [review] Mansfield Park | Jane Austen (obvs) Among the Janeites | Deborah Yaffe [review] The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. | Adelle Waldman [review] A...
Fantastic writing - such an accurate and ugly depiction of today's ivy league and feminism-wrought adults in the modern dating scene. Nate is a loathsome character; a single New Yorker in his early 30s, neurotic, hyper-critical, petty, jealous, and lacks any sense of selflessness when it comes to re...