Released on 22 March 2018.

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The Hearts of Men

3.89 based on 1088 ratings & 247 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

22 March 18
9781509827909
320
£8.99
717 mins
Adam Verner

Synopsis

Camp Chippewa, 1962. Thirteen-year-old Nelson, loner and over-achiever, is nicknamed the Bugler as he proudly sounds the reveille each morning. This is the summer that everything changes, marking the beginning of Nelson's uncertain friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan, and the discovery of his father's betrayal, which tears his family apart.

As time moves on, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and transforms his father's business. When something unthinkable happens during a visit from Jonathan's grandson and daughter-in-law, the aftermath tests the depths - and the limits - of Nelson's selflessness and bravery.

The Hearts of Men is a lyrical, wise and deeply affecting novel about the slippery definitions of right and wrong, family and fidelity, and the redemptive power of friendship.

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This novel's examination of a fracturing relationship between a flailing father and overachieving young son is superbly judged and Butler's prose remains a joy to read, even when his material is tough.
GQ