What Happened to Sophie Wilder

What Happened to Sophie Wilder


By (author) Christopher R Beha

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  • Publisher: Tin House Books
  • Format: Paperback | 253 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 28mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 29 May 2012
  • ISBN 10: 1935639315
  • ISBN 13: 9781935639312
  • Sales rank: 257,979

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Charlie Blakeman is living in New York, on Washington Square, struggling to write his second novel and floundering, when his college love, Sophie Wilder, returns to his life. Sophie, too, is struggling, though Charlie isn t sure why. They ve spoken only rarely since falling out a decade before. Now Sophie begins to tell Charlie the story of her life since then, particularly the days she spent taking care of a dying man with his own terrible past and the difficult decision he presented her with. When Sophie once again abruptly disappears, Charlie sets out to discover what happened to Sophie Wilder."

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Author information

Christopher R. Beha is an associate editor at "Harper s Magazine" and the author of a memoir, "The Whole Five Feet." He contributes frequently to the "New York Times Book Review." "What Happened to Sophie Wilder" is his first novel. "

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"Minneapolis Star Tribune" names "What Happened to Sophie Wilder" one of the Top Ten Books of the Year. ""What Happened to Sophie Wilder" is about many things--the New York publishing world, the growing pains of post collegiate life, the rigors of Roman Catholicism--but at its center its a moving meditation on why and for whom we write." --"New York Times Book Review" "In this smart short novel "What Happened to Sophie Wilder" by Christopher R. Beha, a young writer deals with the reappearance and disappearance of the woman he sometimes loved." --"Oprah Magazine" "Christopher R. Beha's beautiful, whip-smart first novel . . . is sober, unsentimental and delivered with intelligence and passion." --"Washington Post" ""What Happened to Sophie Wilder" is a remarkable first novel, which should especially be read by those who have given up on contemporary literature. Along with giving them something good to read, it will renew their faith in what literature is capable of achieving." --"Commentary" ""If What Happened to Sophie Wilder" was what it appears to be on first glance -- a simple story about a lovesick writer and his mysterious on-again, off-again girlfriend -- I would not be writing this review. But there is far more to it than that. Enough, perhaps, to make it the best fiction I've read all year."--"Journal Star" "[T]his novel is excitingly alert . . . to the ways we understand life in terms of stories, in particular the stories we tell about other people - whether to keep them at a safe distance or to bring them closer to us. More, it's alert to our alertness of this. The story Beha tells about Charlie and Sophie is a convincing contemporary love story, not in spite of its sometimes dizzying self-awareness but, in large part, because of it."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "'"What Happened to Sophie Wilder," the first novel by Christopher R. Beha, deserves to be placed in the company of great Catholic fiction by Walker P