Synopses & Reviews
Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to renew their bond over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Unwittingly thrust into an open marriage, a man struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. And in the book's daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays.
Written in clear, crystalline prose, The Book of Life comprises seven stunning tales about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption that signal the arrival of a bold and exciting new writer.
"Poignant, insightful, and beautifully written, Nadler's debut story collection looks at the complications that arise in the relationships of everyday people. In the stories such as 'In the Book of Life,' 'Catherine and Henry,' and 'Winter on the Sawtooth,' Nadler questions how affairs change people and whether they mean the end of love. His realistic examinations of familial relationships between children, fathers, mothers, and siblings, in the stories 'Visiting' and 'The Moon Landing,' are heartbreaking. Nadler shows his readers that though people aren't perfect, it doesn't mean they're malicious. The unexpected can change people, but they survive, leaving readers with a sense of hope. With this collection, Nadler demonstrates an fine understanding of the human psyche. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Stuart Nadler is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Recently, he was the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. His fiction has appeared in The Atlantic.