“The Nix is the love child of Thomas Pynchon and David Foster Wallace.”
– New York Times
“Nathan Hill is a maestro.”
– John Irving
A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times 2016 Notable Book, Nathan Hill’s explosively funny, bighearted debut about a mother and son, announces the arrival of an astonishing talent.
It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn’t seen his mother Faye 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 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.
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.