For "What Happened to Sophie Wilder"
"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."
"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"show more