‘Nadler skillfully creates characters whose failures and faults make them comically, endearingly human’ New Yorker
‘Funny and tragic and old-fashioned and brand-spanking new, all at once’ Oprah Magazine
‘Stuart Nadler is a great writer’ Time Out
‘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, author of Wolf Hall
and Bring Up the Bodies
is a brilliantly plotted and carefully observed novel that takes the reader deep inside a powerful family’s most guarded secrets. An epic saga about a son's need to atone for the sins of his father and the sins of his own troubled youth. The driving heart of this ambitious novel is an impossible romance: one worth risking an entire outrageous fortune. With wisdom and compassion, Nadler examines the mysteries and manners of unrequited love. Wise Men
confirms that Stuart Nadler is a writer of abundant talent and grace.’ Amber Dermont, author of the The Starboard Sea
‘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 Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
reads like a classic; it is a completely engrossing novel, one that scars the reader's heart in the most satisfying way. 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. Hilton Wise is a winsome and compelling narrator, one you'll find yourself rooting for days after finishing the book. Nadler's deft rendering of place, namely a secluded compound in coastal Massachusetts, allows the reader to become completely lost in Hilly’s world. 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
‘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 a truly American character, and the perfect narrator for the tale.’ Stewart O’Nan, author of Emily, Alone
and The Odds
‘Stuart Nadler is an elegant writer and a compelling storyteller. Wise Men
explores the big questions in life—love and money and race and identity—in a story packed with secrets, longings, and obsessions. It is not a book to be missed.’ Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of The Language of Flowers
‘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
is a masterful first novel about the tensions caused by racial and financial barriers; a resonant and sensitively told story about familial and romantic love – covering the heartbreak, disappointments and obligations of both – and the shadows cast over our lives in youth.' Psychologies
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'Beautifully written' Daily Express
Hilton Wise is the son of one of the wealthiest and most powerful lawyers in America. When he falls for Savannah, a young black girl he meets on the beach at Cape Cod during the summer of 1952, he has no idea that his passion for her will lead to the exposure of his father's deepest secrets. The result shatters his family, and hers.
Years later, Hilly sets out to find Savannah and to right the wrongs he set in motion. But can his sense of guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family, and identity?
Told over fifty years, Wise Men is a sweeping story about love and regret, the evolving struggle for racial dignity, and the difficulty of doing the right thing in an unjust world.
'Masterful . . . a resonant and sensitively told story about familial and romantic love' Psychologies
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