Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. 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.
As Samuel begins to excavate his mother's - and his country's - history, Nathan Hill's The Nix moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street, back to Chicago in 1968. Finally we arrive in wartime Norway: home of the mysterious Nix. Samuel will unexpectedly find that he has to rethink everything he ever knew about his mother - a woman with an epic story of her own, a story she has kept hidden from the world.
Nathan Hill's extraordinary first novel The Nix is published in paperback by Picador on 21st September 2017. Here's six reasons to add it to your reading list this Autumn.
A recommended reading list, covering immigration, politics, war, love, and race, for the next President of the United States and self-proclaimed non-reader, Donald Trump.
From gripping debuts to essential non-fiction, there’s sure to be something here to kick start your 2017 ‘to read’ pile.
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