The list is posted on The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog. In choosing The Constant Heart, contributor Thomas Beller names Nova as “one of our most original, brilliant, disturbing writers, who’s so fierce he’ll take on anything. Here—dark energy: of love, of the cosmos, and of the interrelationship between the two. Nova challenges the reader, writes passages as beautiful as some of James Salter’s, is always upping the ante, and is always himself.”
Nova is an award-winning author of 12 novels and an autobiography. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine and Men’s Journal, among other publications. He has taught in the UNCG MFA Writing Program since 2005.
What does it mean to be a decent man? To love well, with fidelity and constancy? These are the lessons that Jake’s father, a wildlife biologist, tries to impart to his son, often on fishing trips to their beloved Furnace Creek. Bound up in the laws of Einstein’s theories, these lessons will ultimately influence Jake’s own career as an astronomer. Out on the creek, both father and son conquer their greatest challenges: marital infidelity, professional setbacks, and Jake’s long term, passionate obsession with his childhood crush.
The Constant Heart is a potent, and moving book that utilizes the laws of nature and science to illuminate what it means to be a man today. It is an inspiring book that most immediately celebrates the bonds of father and son while exploring the beauty and intensity of love and the profound attachments between human beings, even in the face of great disease and danger.