Adelle Waldman

The Big Debut

(Lou Rouse)
Adelle Waldman (Lou Rouse)

See All Brooklyn Influencers

The Brooklyn literary novel is an unruly thing, and a thankless task for anyone trying to write it. Many young(ish) men have tried—including a sizable chunk of the founding editors of n+1. (Keith Gessen, Benjamin Kunkel, et. al.) But Ms. Waldman managed to out-write her contemporaries with her debut novel, last year’s Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. The book announced Ms. Waldman as a vital young talent with a lot to say and a whole arsenal of literary tricks. It was the sleeper hit of 2013, capturing the disaffected climate of post-Whole Foods Brooklyn as well as Jonathan Lethem portrayed a rapidly gentrifying borough 15 years prior.


The Original Snarkist
Kurt Andersen

The Big Debut
Adelle Waldman

The Risk-taker
Jill Schoolman

The $2M Bet
Garth Risk Hallberg

The Literary Pillar
Colson Whitehead

The Powerhouse Agent
Susan Golomb

The L Trainers
Daniel and Scott Stedman

The Outlaw 
Shane Smith

The Gothamite 
Jake Dobkin


Adelle Waldman