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Affair is a novel by Nick Stokes. A man who collects sticks and gathers stones has an affair with a woman in the woods and struggles to return to his wife. An author writes about a man having an affair in order to destroy the man and discover who he is. The two stories are woven and inextricable. Affair is influenced by magical realism, surrealism, absurdism, ...more
Paperback, Print Edition, 176 pages
Published June 9th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published May 1st 2014)
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Nick Stokes
May 23, 2014 Nick Stokes rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
"A man wishes to write a novel in which one of the characters goes mad; while working on it he himself goes mad by degrees, and finishes it in the first person."
-- Kierkegaard, 1837

'Whether he himself in this way also went "insane" is here of less importance than the fact that he now -- at last -- can operate in the first person, singular, present, indicative, active.'
-- Joakim Garff, 1997
Joshua Swainston
I read Nick's novel Affair when it first appeared as a serial in the Seattle Star. It is a book that is lost in thought, caught in between the moments of conversation, in that uncomfortable 'what now' moment. It is in that space that Stokes shows the characters as eternally flawed humans.
Greg Metcalf
Mar 02, 2015 Greg Metcalf rated it it was amazing
Affair alternates between perspectives of the Author and a character Palo. Although the Author and Palo are the same person. This isn't something I figured out, this is something the Author told me. Although I'd already guessed it, so I suppose I did figure it out. Although I hadn't really figured it out, the author told me. Not the Author from the book but the author who wrote the book. He didn't tell me, either. He left it there for me to figure out. And so deftly that I felt for a while like ...more
Sally
Aug 09, 2016 Sally rated it liked it
I found the author's style of writing unique as it was different from the writings I usually come across. There were some things in the book that were quite repetitive, but I understood while reading the book that that's how the author was trying to convey the characters emotions and characteristics indirectly. I felt like there should've been more of an interesting plot, but overall this book was pretty good. I definitely recommend it to people who want to get an insight on a story's ...more
Wheeler
Dec 06, 2014 Wheeler rated it did not like it
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Starts well enough but it just goes on and on and on into its nonsense. While I understand that's the point, it doesn't mean it makes it worth reading.
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Nick Stokes writes novels, plays, fictions, nothings, arrangements, pieces of prose, and other undefinables. His novel AFFAIR was serialized online at and published as an ebook by The Seattle Star. Other writings have appeared with Paper Darts, Crab Orchard Review, Word Riot, Creative Colloquy, Mixer Publishing, Atticus Review, Waccamaw, Prick of the Spindle, Knock, and others. His plays have been ...more
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