Scott Nadelson

Scott Nadelson (CNF, Fiction) | Salem, OR

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Scott Nadelson grew up in northern New Jersey before escaping to Oregon, where he has lived for the past eighteen years. He has published three collections of short stories, Aftermath, The Cantor’s Daughter, and Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. His novel Between You and Me will be published by Engine Books in November, 2015.

Winner of the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and an Oregon Book Award, Scott’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, New England Review, Harvard Review, Glimmer Train, and Crazyhorse, and his work has been cited as distinguished in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays anthologies. He teaches at Willamette University, where he is Hallie Brown Ford Chair in Writing, and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.


The Fourth Corner of the World (Engine Books, 2017). Short Stories. Fiction.
Between You and Me (Engine Books, 2015). Novel. Fiction.
The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress (Hawthorne Books, 2013). Memoir. CNF.

Aftermath (Hawthorne Books, 2011). Short Stories. Fiction.
The Cantor’s Daughter (Hawthorne Books, 2006). Short Stories. Fiction.
Saving Stanley: The Brickman Stories (Hawthorne Books, 2004). Short Stories. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

The Fourth Corner of the World

“Scott Nadelson’s wide-ranging, vividly imagined stories ring with authenticity, humor, and unavoidable heartache. Much like the famous Chekhov story ‘Grief,’ referenced in the collection’s stunning novella ‘A Warm Breath,’ Nadelson’s stories expose emotional lives with… is there such a thing as brutal and lyrical honesty? The Fourth Corner of the World is a collection of gorgeously written, truth-soaked stories.”
—Adrianne Harun, author of A Man Came Through a Door in the Mountain

Between You and Me

Between You and Me is a tour-de-force of storytelling, weaving short stories and vignettes into a seamless, cohesive whole that explores contemporary masculinity and aging in earnest, unapologetic, funny, and often-as-not heartbreaking fashion. It’s compulsively readable, quietly ambitious in scope, and a joy to consume.
—Michael Chin, Entropy

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress

“A poignant meditation on love, literature, and the pains as well as the perverse pleasures of loneliness. Nadelson chronicles his life in progress with the wry, warm honesty of an old friend catching up after many years. He reminds us that the world can be simultaneously huge and miniscule, that what we read and see and remember is at once nothing and everything, that wholeness is much greater than any sum total you can imagine.”
—Meghan Daum, author of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House

The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress is an endearing self-portrait filled with wisdom, humor, and refreshing honesty. Nadelson examines moments in his life marked by failure and disappointment, yet nothing fails or disappoints in this fine modern memoir. A great read.”
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic and Desire

“In The Next Scott Nadelson, the title figure is honest, open, and searching, and his presence on the page is truly consoling: his patient excavation of his life will help readers understand their own.”
—David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

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