The Nix

The Wharf - - What’s On - Nathan Hill(Pi­cador)

Sa­muel is an English pro­fes­sor do­ing any­thing he can to avoid writ­ing a sin­gle word of the novel he earned a megabucks ad­vance for 10 years pre­vi­ously.

When his now left-wing rad­i­cal mother is caught up in a scan­dal, the temp­ta­tion to in­ves­ti­gate his mother’s story and turn it into a book proves ir­re­sistible.

This is an as­ton­ish­ingly am­bi­tious novel, tak­ing in every­thing from the 1968 Chicago protests to the Oc­cupy Wall Street move­ment over 600 pages. It might sound like a heavy read, but Hill has a light­ness of touch and a sly ob­ser­va­tional style that makes for a com­pelling nar­ra­tive.

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