The Nix (Hardcover)

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At 628 pages, The Nix may seem daunting … but this is a page-turner!  A thread of spooky Norwegian folklore winds through this novel, which takes place during the Vietnam student riots in Chicago all the way to New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest. The story follows the strained relationship of a daughter and her father and the daughter’s subsequent abandonment of her own son.

- Recommended by Kim

— From December 2016 Staff Picks

Engaging, inventive, funny, sad, sparkling, sweeping, smart, fun... I could go on and one with adjectives describing this brilliant debut. The Nix is truly one of best books I have read in awhile. A thread of spooky Norwegian folklore winds through this novel, which takes place during the Vietnam student riots in Chicago all the way to New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest. The story follows the strained relationship of a daughter and her father, and subsequently her abandonment of her own son and the fallout for him.  Secrets, ghosts, politics, social commentary ... so many layers to this book!
 
The legendary John Irving said it best on the book’s dust jacket: “The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America.”

-Recommended by Kim

— From November 2016 Staff Picks

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Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
A New York Times
2016 Notable Book
Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book of the Year
A Washington Post 2016 Notable Book
A Slate Top Ten Book
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it's also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro." --John Irving

From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores--with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness--the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.
It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson--college professor, stalled writer--has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of his mother is true? Two facts are certain: she's facing some serious charges, and she needs Samuel's help.
To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye's losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.

About the Author


NATHAN HILL's short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101946619
ISBN-10: 110194661X
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 640
Language: English