Thom Geier
February 08, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

Wise Men

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Stuart Nadler
publisher
Reagan Arthur Books
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

Can any man truly know his father? In Wise Men, inscrutability remains a constant between Hilly Wise and his dad, Arthur, an ambulance chaser–turned–legal powerhouse who famously won a class-action suit against an airline. The strains first bubble up during the summer of 1952, when Arthur buys a summer home on Cape Cod. There, 17-year-old Hilly befriends the African-American caretaker — and his attractive niece. Nadler is a gifted storyteller, but his clever final-page revelation feels too gimmicky for a yarn that spans six decades and tackles ambitious themes like race and class in post-WWII America. B

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