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The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress

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Beginning in the summer of 2004, Scott Nadelson's life fell apart. His fiancée left him a month before their planned wedding. He moved into a drafty attic. His car's brakes went out. He learned that his cat was dying. Over the next two years, he'd struggle, with equivocal and sometimes humiliating results, to get back on his feet, in the process re-examining his past to understand his present circumstances.

More than a collection of autobiographical essays, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is a literary self-portrait that revolves around the dissolution of a relationship but encompasses the long process of a young man's halting self-discovery. Exploring episodes from the life of its author/narrator marked by failure, suffering, and hope, as well as literary and cultural influence, the book weighs the things that make us want to give up against the things that keep us going. Though many of the pieces are comic and self-deprecating — some self-lacerating — they are above all meditations on the nature of the self and the way it can be constructed through memory, desire, and the imagination. Together they form a larger narrative, a search for fulfillment and identity in a life often governed by fear.

With humor and unflinching honesty, Scott Nadelson scrutinizes his life to discover who he is and finds just how elusive such a discovery can be. To read the resulting book is to join him on a personal journey that is thoughtful, surprising, occasionally hilarious, and unapologetically human.

Review:

"A poignant meditation on love, literature, and the pains as well as the perverse pleasures of loneliness. Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up after many years. He reminds us that the world can be simultaneously huge and miniscule, that what we read and see and remember is at once nothing and everything, that wholeness is much greater than any sum total you can imagine." Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House

Review:

"The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is an endearing self-portrait filled with wisdom, humor, and refreshing honesty. Nadelson examines moments in his life marked by failure and disappointment, yet nothing fails or disappoints in this fine modern memoir. A great read." Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

Review:

"In The Next Scott Nadelson, the title figure is honest, open, and searching, and his presence on the page is truly consoling: his patient excavation of his life will help readers understand their own." David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

About the Author

Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections published by Hawthorne, including Aftermath and The Cantor's Daughter. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction, the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in Salem, Oregon.

Table of Contents

1.

The Next Scott Nadelson 6

2.

Melancholy Mad in the Soft Night 33

The Two Lances; Or, Self-Portrait with Flames 41

The Secret Well 56

Scavengers 64

The Nothing That Is 86

A Minor Character 101

First Fees 112

Three Muses 126

3.

I'm Your Man 146

Bachelors 170

Leaving Portland 176

Pal Man 180

A Box of Cat Litter and a Pair of Scars 197

Love Sick 203

The End of the End of Desire 210

Let's Go Bowling 224

Like Fire on My Skin 228

4.

The Other Scott Nadelson 234

Product Details

ISBN:
9780983477563
Subtitle:
A Life in Progress
Author:
Nadelson, Scott
Publisher:
Hawthorne Books
Subject:
Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 5.5 in

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Product details 264 pages Hawthorne Books - English 9780983477563 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A poignant meditation on love, literature, and the pains as well as the perverse pleasures of loneliness. Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up after many years. He reminds us that the world can be simultaneously huge and miniscule, that what we read and see and remember is at once nothing and everything, that wholeness is much greater than any sum total you can imagine."
"Review" by , "The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is an endearing self-portrait filled with wisdom, humor, and refreshing honesty. Nadelson examines moments in his life marked by failure and disappointment, yet nothing fails or disappoints in this fine modern memoir. A great read."
"Review" by , "In The Next Scott Nadelson, the title figure is honest, open, and searching, and his presence on the page is truly consoling: his patient excavation of his life will help readers understand their own."
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