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The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

A Novel

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 08, 2013 – Brooklynite Nathaniel Piven, a product of a postfeminist, 1980s childhood, is the modern male inheritor of a dating world where the enduring gender imbalance gives him the upper hand. But when it comes to relationships, he s achingly aware of the hidden traps and unsought responsibility of this power. Nate hates feeling guilty over the many women he hurts (female tears in this novel flow with a tenacious persistence, to Nate s irritation). His well-intentioned missteps with reporter Juliet and editorial assistant Elisa earn him tireless tsk-tsk reprimands and a rep for being the kind of guy women call an asshole. When he begins dating a seemingly perfect-for-him writer named Hannah, we wonder whether Nate will adapt or strike out yet again. Hannah is nice, smart, and makes him feel at home, but will Nate, who seems to feed off misconnecting with women, make the right relationship move or is it yet another dick move ? An acute study of present-day struggles with intimacy, Waldman seems to suggest that love is too constricting a tie for the 21st century, and that, perhaps, a different kind of connection might better define the contemporary couple. She navigates the male psyche and a highly entertaining hipster mindset, and sneaks in an unexpected, understated ending that brings this pulpy read a satisfying poignancy.

Customer Reviews

This book was so... Something

Nate is extremely nuanced in the way it discusses women and how men relate to women. Nate seems thoughtful, but is imbued in narcissism that is evident as he compares every woman he's dating to one another. I found myself wondering "is this how men think?" And hoping that it isn't. The word choices (naïf and stentorian) were good descriptive words. And this book made me wonder how many men I know like this. All of it was thought provoking and a reminder that women have to do so much to catch & keep a man's attention. In reading this book, I found myself wishing it weren't so hard for Hannah.

A good read

I really enjoyed this book. I was glad it did not turn out to be another cliche story of why dating in Manhattan is hard. Kudos to the author for that. I really relate to Nate in some ways. I keep imagining that he is a grown up, 21st century, Ivy League schooled Holden Caulfield. Am I way off? Not for me...

I found some of the conversations between the group of friends a bit too academic and unrealistic at times. I attribute that mostly to the fact that I am not one of the literary geniuses this book follows along.

Once finished with the book. Be sure to read "about the author" I wonder if this book is the authors Leonardo DaVinci / Mona Lisa moment.

Enjoy! I did.


The best book I've read this year. Intelligent but not obnoxious.

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Jul 16, 2013
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
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