Better Off Read is a book club collaboration between Her Bookshop and The Porch, focusing on books that you'll definitely be better off having read.
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.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
“Incisive and very funny. . . . This is an impressive book, full of sharp and amusing observations about urban life, liberal pieties and modern dating. . . . Though Nate has an archetypal quality . . . Ms. Waldman has skillfully rendered him both fascinating and sympathetic. He is a man of his age, though his strengths and weaknesses are timeless.”―The Economist
“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
“I inhaled this slim novel; now, I want to go back and read it again, to savor Waldman’s mordant take on work, love and cannibalism among the up-and-coming Brooklyn intelligentsia. . . . The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. is a sharp and assured tale about a sharp and assured young man, who often acts like a dog.” ―Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air
“[A] pitch-perfect debut. . . . In the demure tradition of the comedy of manners, Ms. Waldman is rarely mocking or mean-spirited. . . . A comic performance you shouldn’t miss.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“A smart, engaging 21st-century comedy of manners in which the debut novelist Adelle Waldman crawls convincingly around inside the head of one Nathaniel (Nate) Piven.” ―Jess Walter, The New York Times Book Review
Better Off Read is a book club with an added twist: an optional writing exercise for interested participants to complete before the event. For this book, think about the worst date you’ve ever been on. Now write about it from your date’s point of view. Again, this part is completely optional, and those who wish may share what they’ve written at the end of the meeting.
When: Sunday, August 6, 2017, 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Where: The Refinery (438 Houston Street, Suite 263)
How Much: $18 + tax. Each participant will receive one paperback copy of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., which will be available for pickup at Her Bookshop. (It’s highly recommended that you pick up your copy at our current location before it closes on June 26, as we do not have a definitive opening date for our new one.) Wine and light snacks will be served, and participants will also receive 10% off purchases at Her Bookshop the day of the event. Those who share their writing with the group will get 15% off purchases the day of the event.
All of the spots for this edition of Better Off Read have been reserved. Stay tuned for details on our next gathering.
Better Off Read is a collaboration between Her Bookshop and The Porch, Nashville’s independent center for writing.