Valentine’s Day, like many public celebrations of love, may be a nice idea in theory but in actuality is a minefield of anxiety.
There is the questions it raises about relationship status. There is the pressure it creates to demonstrate affection and intention through commerce. There is the stress of seeing everyone else’s relationships splashed all over social media. There is the awkwardness of restaurants packed with couples on dates because it’s February 14 and that’s just what you are supposed to do.
It seems that The New York Times‘s resident conservative columnist Ross Douthat learned a lot from The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman’s novel about a Brooklyn literary fellow.
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
(Henry Holt, $25, 256 pp.)
For her debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., Adelle Waldman plunges readers into the mind of Nate, a 30-something writer living in Brooklyn who’s secured a sizable book advance and the interest of the city’s lit-savvy female population. While she Read More