THE NIX NATHAN HILL (Pan MacMillan)
Nathan Hill’s debut novel was named one of the best books of 2016 by The New York
Times and NPR among others. It’s a tome, yet Hill holds the reader’s attention despite a range of storylines and themes.
The Nix tells the story of Samuel, a 30-something English professor who’s failed to produce the novel for which he was paid an advance years ago. His mother, Faye, abandoned him as a child, only to reappear in his life as an ageing hippy caught on video attacking a disgustingly conservative American politician who might or might not be preparing for a run at the presidency.
Samuel’s publisher then offers him the chance to exchange his longpromised novel for a ‘celeb bio’ of Faye, and Samuel embarks on a journey to try to understand his mother, and make sense of his own life.
The Nix is about family and relationships, American political history, and understanding the world we live in. It’s funny, engaging, thought-provoking, and a triumph of skilled storytelling.
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