What Happened to Sophie Wilder

What Happened to Sophie Wilder

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Charlie Blakeman has just published his first novel, to almost no acclaim. He's living on New York's Washington Square, struggling with his follow-up, and floundering within his pseudointellectual coterie when his college love, Sophie Wilder, returns to his life. Sophie is also struggling, though Charlie isn't sure why, since they've barely spoke, after falling out a decade before. Now Sophie begins to tell Charlie the story of her life since then, particularly the story of the days she spent taking care of a dying man with his own terrible past and of the difficult decision he forced her to make. When she disappears once again, Charlie sets out to discover what happened to Sophie Wilder. Christopher Beha's debut novel explores faith, love, friendship, and, ultimately, the redemptive power of storytelling.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 253 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Tin House Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 1935639315
  • 9781935639312
  • 334,505

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For "What Happened to Sophie Wilder"

"Beha's writing is clean, unpretentious, and commanding in its seeming simplicity. He knits Charlie and Sophie's stories together in a seamless intricate weave, offering an exploration of just how powerful stories can be."--"Foreword Reviews"

"Beha's debut novel (after the memoir "The Whole Five Feet") is a thoughtful journey about the place of intellectual curiosity in relation to faith, friendship, and love."
--"Publishers Weekly"

"What Happened to Sophie Wilder" is an old fashioned literary novel in
the very best sense--thoughtful and intellectual, moving and
well-wrought. Like its restless, yearning characters, it's not afraid
of the big questions, God and love, work and love, friendship and
love, and yet the solace this impressive debut finds lies as deeply in
the page as in the flesh or the spirit. Beha has managed to produce a
book that is satisfying for anyone who reads in order to live."
--Helen Schulman, author of "This Beautiful Life"

""What Happened to Sophie Wilder" is an imperishable gift of
storytelling, a novel built sturdily of wisdom, beauty, and love.
Christopher R. Beha writes with Jamesian sophistication about the
enduring enigma of our inner lives, and the result is a title
character who will dwell in you always." --William Giraldi, author of "Busy Monsters"

"Christopher R Beha's "What Happened to Sophie Wilder" manages, somehow,
to read both like an auspicious debut and a veteran achievement: it
offers at once the vivid, old-fashioned pleasures of a classic
bildungsroman and a frighteningly intelligent contemporary take on the
ambitions and limits of storytelling and faith. It's a glass-and-steel
penthouse on a foundation of oak, and the most memorable first novel
I've read in some time."--Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of " A Sense of Direction"
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About Christopher Beha

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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1,436 ratings
3.44 out of 5 stars
5 16% (225)
4 34% (486)
3 33% (479)
2 14% (196)
1 3% (50)
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