Praise for What Happened to Sophie Wilder

What Happened to Sophie Wilder is about many thingsthe New York publishing world, the growing pains of post collegiate life, the rigors of Roman Catholicismbut at its center its a moving meditation on why and for whom we write.”

-New York Times Book Review

“Christopher R. Beha’s beautiful, whip-smart first novel .  . . is sober, unsentimental and delivered with intelligence and passion.”

-Washington Post 

“If What Happened to Sophie Wilder was what it appears to be on first glance — a simple story about a lovesick writer and his mysterious on-again, off-again girlfriend — I would not be writing this review. But there is far more to it than that. Enough, perhaps, to make it the best fiction I’ve read all year.”

-Journal Star

What Happened to Sophie Wilder includes what is perhaps the best conversion scene in an English-language novel since The End of the Affair. … [A] a remarkable first novel, which should especially be read by those who have given up on contemporary literature. Along with handing them something good to read, it will renew their faith in what literature is capable of achieving.”

-D.G. Myers, Commentary

“Christopher Beha’s What Happened to Sophie Wilder is a wonderful novel–smart, sly and lucid, a story about belief in all its forms that is wholly satisfying and quietly thrilling.”

-Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins

“It takes courage to write a book placing sincere religious feelings at the very center of contemporary young, urban life. Christopher Beha—a writer mature beyond his years—has done just that in What Happened to Sophie Wilder, a modern fable of faith and doubt, ambition and love, written with tender sentiment and striking moral intelligence. Open this book and you’ll find the grain of our talk and the soul of our thought rendered at once exotic and utterly recognizable.”

-Jon Raymond, author of Rain Dragon

What Happened to Sophie Wilder is an old fashioned literary novel in the very best sense–thoughtful and intellectual, moving and well-wrought. Like its restless, yearning characters, it’s not afraid of the big questions, God and love, work and love, friendship and love, and yet the solace this impressive debut finds lies as deeply in the page as in the flesh or the spirit.  Beha has managed to produce a book that is satisfying for anyone who reads in order to live.”

-Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful Life

“Christopher R. Beha’s What Happened to Sophie Wilder manages, somehow, to read both like an auspicious debut and a veteran achievement: it offers at once the vivid, old-fashioned pleasures of a classic bildungsroman and a frighteningly intelligent contemporary take on the ambitions and limits of storytelling and faith. It’s a glass-and-steel penthouse on a foundation of oak, and the most memorable first novel I’ve read in some time.”

-Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction

What Happened to Sophie Wilder is an imperishable gift of storytelling, a novel built sturdily of wisdom, beauty, and love. Christopher R. Beha writes with Jamesian sophistication about the enduring enigma of our inner lives, and the result is a title character who will dwell in you always.”

-William Giraldi, author of Busy Monsters



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