THE NIX NATHAN HILL (Pan MacMil­lan)

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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.

ALL THE AU­THORS FEA­TURED ON THIS PAGE ARE PAR­TIC­I­PAT­ING IN THE 2017 OPEN BOOK FES­TI­VAL.

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