The Book of Life

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Little, Brown, Sep 1, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
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.

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This is an absolutely fabulous collection of stories. In my view, it's the best kind of writing because there aren't any writerly tricks to keep you conscious of the fact that you're watching a writer ... Read full review

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The Book of Life by Stuart Nadler is a collection of short stories about Jewish people on the East Coast and involving, love, hate, grief and non-grief, infidelity, loneliness, alcoholism and jealousy ... Read full review


In the Book of Life
Winter on the Sawtooth
The Moon Landing
Catherine and Henry
Our Portion Our Rock
Beyond Any Blessing
The Book of Life
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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.

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