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The Hearts of Men

A Novel

by Nickolas Butler

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The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler
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    Mar 2017, 400 pages
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    Dec 26, 2017, 400 pages

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An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp.

Set mostly in the woodlands of north Wisconsin, Nikolas Butler spins a familial saga that explores the making of men and the meaning of manhood in his affecting novel The Hearts of Men.

The 1962 summer that young Nelson Doughty spends at Camp Chippewa will form his life. Nelson intends to work toward his Eagle rank, but there's only a little to be done to reach that goal. Worse, Nelson's inept at sports, and he's more introvert than companionable. His one friend is Wilbur Whiteside, but, to make Nelson further outcast, Wilbur's the adult who runs the camp. Sensing Nelson's discomfort, Wilbur persuades him to play reveille each morning, a task Wilbur believes will give him discipline and a certain measure of respect. In fact, the duty may work to make Nelson's "desire for perfection" something useful rather than an obsession. That summer is the opening ...

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