Praise for Stuart Nadler's Wise Men

27 February 2013

Wise Men, Stuart Nadler's debut novel, will be published at the end of March 2013. We're incredibly excited about this beautifully written, sweeping American novel — and we think you should be too! So, without further ado, here are some quotes from reviews and authors so far.

‘A tense, evocative, page-turning saga of the bruising encounters between two families across the ‘colour line’ over half a century.  Every conversation rings painfully, beautifully true.’ Emma Donoghue, author of Room.

‘Wise Men reads like a classic; it is a completely engrossing novel. In confident, unpretentious prose, Nadler tackles the complexity of racial tension and fifties’ mores in a manner reminiscent of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, and in a smart, misses-nothing style that summons comparisons to Salinger and Cheever. Wise Men is, at its core, a brutal love story, full of surprise and conviction, insight and deception, staggering wealth and loss, truth and beauty.’ Megan Mayhew Bergman, author of Birds of a Lesser Paradise

‘Surprising...Expertly wrought…Wise Men gains strength as the story stretches over both Wise men’s lifetimes and fills them with resonant complications. Hilly’s narrative voice ages so credibly that this book’s final pages really do sound as if they come from a much older and wiser man. In taking a long view of his characters’ lives, and following them so closely, Mr. Nadler finally gives them what they’ve lacked: staying power’ New York Times

‘It's an absorbing, well-crafted book, with all the story-telling virtues on display. It is atmospheric, thoughtful and mature, with characters whose fate arouses genuine curiosity. It is fiction of great integrity and vast promise’ Hilary Mantel

‘I have no doubt that Stuart Nadler is going to be one of our great novelists, and it all starts here, on a dune in Cape Cod, with the Wise men. These characters—knotted together with obligation, guilt, and love—will stay with me always.’ Emma Straub, author of Other People We Married and Laura Lamont's Life In Pictures

‘While Stuart Nadler’s ambitious debut novel touches on money, class, race, and religion, first and foremost, Wise Men is about youth, betrayal, and regret.  In his idealism and denial, Hilly Wise, the poor little rich boy is…the perfect narrator for the tale’ Stewart O'Nan, author of Emily, Alone and The Odds.

 

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