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Publisher's Summary

Almost overnight, Arthur Wise has become one of the wealthiest and most powerful attorneys in America. His first big purchase is a simple beach house in a place called Bluepoint, a town on the far edge of the flexed arm of Cape Cod.

It's in Bluepoint, during the summer of 1952, that Arthur's teenage son, Hilly, makes friends with Lem Dawson, a black man whose job it is to take care of the house but whose responsibilities quickly grow. When Hilly finds himself falling for Lem's niece, Savannah, his affection for her collides with his father's dark secrets. The results shatter his family, and hers.

Years later, haunted by his memories of that summer, Hilly sets out to find Savannah, in an attempt to right the wrongs he helped set in motion. But can his guilt, and his good intentions, overcome the forces of history, family, and identity?

A beautifully told multigenerational story about love and regret, Wise Men confirms that Stuart Nadler is one of the most exciting young writers at work today.

©2013 Stuard Nadler (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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  • Debra
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 03-23-13

Highly recommended

Would you listen to Wise Men again? Why?

Absolutely; I was sorry when it ended. It moved me and made me think.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hilly, the narrator. I admired his integrity, morality and intelligence.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

He was quite expressive, and I found him easy to listen to, and I really enjoyed the experience.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A difficult father and his admirable son

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book to lovers of serious--not beach reading--fiction. It reminds me of The Help in that it observes race relations and the struggles of African Americans from the 1950's to the present. I found it very moving.

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  • Dorothy
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 03-18-13

this one's a must!

Would you listen to Wise Men again? Why?

I only listen once, but recommend this book to everyone.

What did you like best about this story?

Interesting, Moves fast. A different view of perennial issues. <br/> Complex characters are provocative.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

He is the best narrator ever!! Great voice and pace. Made the book an absolute pleasure.<br/>

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If possible

Any additional comments?

All of your narrators should be like Bernard S. Clark!!!