- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Graywolf Press (February 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555977987
- ISBN-13: 978-1555977986
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The result is a very different literary thriller, one in which the mystery is not who killed the victim, but how those who kill might live with what they’ve done. . . . Some Hell becomes a canny and terrifying moral fable about our new and old American ways of both being together and missing each other.”―The New York Times Book Review
“A heartbreaker of a book, Patrick Nathan’s debut novel captures the hell of adolescence under particularly dire circumstances.”―Esquire
“Orphic and original. . . . Each sentence of this dark Bildungsroman―obsessed with the intertwined logics of desire, disaster, and death―kept me enthralled.”―Nathan Goldman, Literary Hub
“Nathan writes beautifully, without sentimentality.”―Lambda Literary
“The full-heartedness in Colin’s capacity for hope and love even amidst his crumbling surroundings is what makes all of the weight of this book bearable. That sliver of hope is what allows us to see this story through to the end, with the idea that maybe even those in the worst of circumstances one can find something like peace.” ―PopMatters
“An impressive and poignant debut.”―Largehearted Boy
“A gripping account of the intricately woven mind of a teenager. . . . Nathan has crafted an all-consuming novel in which topics like suicide, homosexuality, parenting, friendship, and psychology make up a precarious tableau in which readers can leave their own subjectivity behind and experience the world from Colin’s singular viewpoint. . . . A magnetic first novel combining wit, sex, and apocalyptic reverie.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“[Patrick Nathan] does a masterful job of creating believable, multidimensional characters about whom the reader cares desperately.. . . Nathan’s first novel is beautifully done and promises to linger in the reader’s memory.”―Booklist, starred review
“Readers will find moments of beauty in the rawness of grief’s confusions and yearning.”―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Patrick Nathan’s short fiction and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Boulevard, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. This is his first novel. He lives in Minneapolis.
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Nathan explores what it means to be human and to change and grow into another person while wrestling with the knowledge that the person you were before has, in some way, died. Colin's angst over the conflict between his sexual desires and his hope to be accepted and loved is a universal story in many facets, but is also wholly unique to a boy who is convinced that he caused his own father's suicide. Alongside Colin's growth, his mother, Diane, wrestles with her own guilt over raising three children alone while still wishing to maintain (or even create) her own unique identity as a woman, apart from her children and deceased husband.
"Some Hell" doesn't hold its punches. Patrick Nathan is deeply insightful and exposes the reader to uncomfortably intimate desire while uncovering the fundamental parts of the human experience that make everything terrible somehow worth it.