Judge A Book: The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler

Could you guess what this book is about just by looking at the cover? Watch these passersby try.

The Hearts of Men

Read it Forward’s video team asked Brooklyn Book Festival attendees to look at the cover of Nickolas Butler’s new novel The Hearts of Men and tell us what they think it’s about. Responses varied—does the uniform belong to a soldier? A boy scout? A troop leader?—but many agreed that the lack of a face on the paper doll cutout alluded to a search for one’s identity. Were they right? Stay tuned til the very end of the video when author Nickolas Butler reveals what his novel The Hearts of Men is *really* about.

Pick up a copy of The Hearts of Men, on-sale March 7, and see if your own guesses were correct. Even if they weren’t, we promise you’ll fall in love with this sweeping tale of friendship, marriage, and parenthood anyway.


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NICKOLAS BUTLER was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of University of Wisconsin—Madison as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is the author of the internationally bestselling and prizewinning novel Shotgun Lovesongs and the acclaimed short story collection Beneath the Bonfire. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and their two children.
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