Book #17: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P by Adelle Waldman

Hey ladies, 

It was a very close vote this month, with Love Affairs of Nathaniel P beating out We Need To Talk About Kevin by one vote. So maybe I'll bring that one back next month to vote on. 

I already started reading this, so I can tell you, its pretty interesting and should be an interesting conversation ESPECIALLY amongst women. 


Here is a brief synopsis for those who forgot:

Nate Piven is still basking in the glow of having sold his first book after years of struggling to support himself with freelance work. His newfound success has given his love life a boost, and a number of women are pursuing him, including his beautiful ­ex-girlfriend Elisa and brainy Hannah, also a writer. As Hannah and Nate’s relationship gets more serious, Nate is quick to blame any communication snafus on Hannah, whose calm and self-­confidence begin to evaporate. Although Nate thinks of himself as enlightened, a product of a postfeminist, 1980s childhood and a politically correct, 1990s college education, his actions continually belie that self-image. Nate is constantly jockeying for status among his friends and critiquing women’s bodies, clothes, and looks even as he tries to figure out why his relationships never last. The novel is most likely to appeal to twentysomethings, who will no doubt recognize the preening male so thoroughly skewered here, but older readers may be put off by such an unlikable lead character.

Happy Reading! 

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  • Colleen

    Just thought I'd pass on that Adelle Waldman is doing a free reading at Pete's Candy Store tonight: www.petescandystore.com/reading/index.htm

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The book just became available to me through the library. I realize I'm a week late, but is this book worth reading on my own?

    October 24, 2013

  • desiree t.

    I am not feeling too good so I won't be making it out. I hope you all still meet up without me. This book is worth discussing. Enjoy!

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Feel better!

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • Jessica

    Wish I can join in on the discussion, given how angry I got in the latter half of the book but I sprained my foot and will have to chill out. Hope you all have a great discussion!

    October 20, 2013

  • Colleen

    Boo, have to be out of town again.

    October 13, 2013

  • Rachel B

    I really want to try and make this, but might be out of town that weekend. Will swing by if I end up being here!

    October 4, 2013

  • Colleen

    I'm only one chapter in so what do I know, but Jonathan Franzen sort of sounds like the real life Nate P here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/09/19/jonathan_franzen_hates_the_internet_pens_an_oversharing_subtweeting_indictment.html

    1 · September 27, 2013

    • desiree t.

      Omg he does lol. Also, nate gets a lot more frustrating. Im almost at the end and have to put it down or else ill punch the next man I see.

      September 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yep 213 holds to be accurate. How can I get my hands on a copy?

    September 24, 2013

  • Kristin

    Hi, everyone. There are over 200 holds on The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P at the library. Does anyone own a copy they would be willing to share some point before the next meeting? Thanks!

    1 · September 23, 2013

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