Colin’s family is dissolving in the aftermath of his father’s suicide. While his mother, Diane, retreats into therapy and cynicism, Colin clings to every shred of normal life. Shunned by his siblings and rejected by his homophobic best friend, Colin immerses himself in the notebooks his father left behind. Full of strange facts, lists, and historical anecdotes that neither Colin nor Diane can understand, the notebooks infect their worldview until they can no longer tell what’s real and what’s imagined. A novel of aching intensity, Some Hell shows how unspeakable tragedy shapes a life, and how imagination saves us from ourselves.
A wrenching and layered debut novel about a gay teen’s coming-of-age in the aftermath of his father’s suicide.
"[Nathan] does a masterful job of creating believable, multidimensional characters about whom the reader cares desperately... Nathan’s first novel is beautifully done and promises to linger in the reader’s memory." - Booklist (starred review)
"Readers will find moments of beauty in the rawness of grief’s confusions and yearning." - Publisher's Weekly
"Nathan has crafted an all-consuming novel in which topics like suicide, homosexuality, parenting, friendship, and psychology make up a precarious tableau in which readers can leave their own subjectivity behind... A magnetic first novel combining wit, sex, and apocalyptic reverie." - Kirkus Books (starred review)