Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections published by Hawthorne, including Aftermath and The Cantor’s Daughter. A winner of the Oregon Book Award for short fiction, the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, he teaches creative writing at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. He lives in Salem, Oregon.
…A substantial, serious, and intelligent contribution to contemporary Jewish American writing.
- David Shields
- author of A Handbook for Drowning
Scott Nadelson’s interrelated short stories are graceful, vivid narratives that bring into sudden focus the spirit and the stubborn resilience of the Brickmans, a Jewish family of four living in suburban New Jersey. The central character, Daniel Brickman, forges obstinately through his own...Forward
Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up.
- Meghan Daum
- author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House
Beginning in the summer of 2004, Scott Nadelson’s life fell apart. His fiancée left him a month before their planned wedding. He moved into a drafty attic. His car’s brakes went out. He learned that his cat was dying. Over the next two years, he’d struggle, with equivocal and sometimes...Forward
The stories in Scott Nadelson’s The Cantor’s Daughter seethe with psychological insight.
- Cai Emmons
- Author of His Mother's Son
These stories capture Jewish New Jersey suburbanites in moments of crucial transition, when they have the opportunity to connect with those closest to them or forever miss their chance for true intimacy. In “The Headhunter,” two men develop an unlikely friendship when Len Siegel, a recruiter,...Forward
Scott Nadelson writes brilliantly.
- Margot Livesey
- author of The House on Fortune Street
The characters in Scott Nadelson’s third collection are living in the wake of momentous events—the rupture of relationships, the loss of loved ones, the dissolution of dreams—and yet they find new ways of forging on with their lives, making accommodations that are sometimes delusional,...Forward
There are currently no events featuring Mr. Nadelson on the calendar.
Oh, my beloved Hawthorne imprint, whose every book I like.
The Next Scott Nadelson is a memoir about a guy living in Portland who gets dumped by his fiancee and is depressed for a while, but...Forward
Finalists & Winners Announced – 2014
The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University and its alumni organization, the MFA Alumni Writers...Forward
WJ does not sponsor contests or offer prizes based on reading fees. Each year we ask an established artist in his or her field to select the recipient of our Editor’s Prize in Fiction and Poetry....Forward
Scott Nadelson’s life began unraveling in 2004, when his fiancée left him for a drag king a month before their wedding.
That’s when he took up residence in a drafty attic. The brakes went out...Forward
I told them not to read it. “This one isn’t for you,” I said. But of course they did anyway. The book came out in March, and they came to visit in May. As I drove to the airport and waited for...Forward
Whenever I finish a movie on DVD, I can’t help watching the “Extras”—all those deleted scenes and low budget interviews and director comments over the soundtrack. Sometimes I even watch them...Forward
In 2005 the Wordstock Festival launched in Portland, Oregon, and I immediately volunteered. Extraordinary writers participated: Russell Banks, John Irving, Norman Mailer, Pam Houston, Susan Orlean,...Forward
Although we may have been hearing jingly pop renditions of “The Little Drummer Boy” for at least a month already, the final countdown to the holidays is officially here now that we’ve hit...Forward