The Hearts Of Men: A Novel

Hardcover | March 7, 2017

byNickolas Butler

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"[A] tender, insightful book... Perfectly paced and leavened with humor, it's a wonderful read." -- People

An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs

Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan.

Over the years, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father’s business into a highly profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as Scoutmaster and Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths—and the limits—of Nelson’s selflessness and bravery.

The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality—and redemption.

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"[A] tender, insightful book... Perfectly paced and leavened with humor, it's a wonderful read." -- People An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp—from the bestselling author of Shotgun LovesongsCamp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social...

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From the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs, an epic, multi- generational novel of friendships and families intertwined with a beloved Boy Scout summer camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.Camp Chippewa, 1962. Thirteen-year-old Nelson Doughty, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each mornin...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062469681

ISBN - 13:9780062469687

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“A multi-layered, multi-generational mini-epic… Butler delves into a dark, Midwestern, middle-class suburban mentality in the same neighborhood as John Cheever’s Shady Hill and Richard Yates’s Revolutionary Hill Estates.”