ADDRESSES: Home—Brookline, MA. Agent—Marly Rusoff & Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 524, Bronxville, NY 10708. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Novelist. Worked variously as a radio talk-show host, filmmaker, and motivational speaker.
Gods of Aberdeen (novel), Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2005.
SIDELIGHTS: Author Micah Nathan was born in Hollywood, grew up in rural New York state, and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has worked in a number of fields, including radio, film, and public speaking. Nathan has also enjoyed time spent as an amateur kickboxer.
In 2005, Nathan published his first novel, Gods of Aberdeen. The story follows sixteen-year-old scholarship student Eric Dunne, who leaves his New Jersey foster family behind to attend wealthy Aberdeen College in New England. There he finds himself involved with a research project meant to find the philosopher's stone, which is believed to hold the key to immortality. Eric's journey involves an awkward romance, dabblings in drugs, and a pursuit of the occult.
Overall, reviews of Gods of Aberdeen were positive. Readers found the novel's plotline to be exciting and fast-paced, making for an interesting story. Nathan's book is a "malevolently thrilling coming-of-ager wrapped in a philosophical detective tale," wrote a Kirkus Reviews contributor. Other critics thought the author's voice honestly reflects his college-aged subjects, and will attract readers interested in coming-of-age novels. "Nathan perfectly captures the angst and pretension of adolescents taking themselves very seriously," commented a reviewer for Publishers Weekly.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Hollywood Reporter, June 13, 2005, Chris Barsanti, review of Gods of Aberdeen, p. 12.
Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2005, review of Gods of Aberdeen, p. 380.
Library Journal, June 1, 2005, Barbara Hoffert, review of Gods of Aberdeen, p. 119.
Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2005, review of Gods of Aberdeen, p. 31.
Micah Nathan Home Page, http://www.micahnathan.com (September 25, 2005).