The New York Times Bestseller. An Oprah's Book Club Pick.
'A hilarious and moving exploration of a modern marriage that astounds in its breadth and intimacy.' – Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half
A powerfully affecting novel about how we change, grow and age, Wellness is a story of marriage, middle age, our tech-obsessed health culture, and the bonds that keep people together.
When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the 90s, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in Chicago’s thriving underground art scene with an appreciative kindred spirit. Fast-forward twenty years to married life, and the no-longer-youthful dreamers are forced to face their demons, from unfulfilled career ambitions to painful childhood memories of their own dysfunctional families. In the process, Jack and Elizabeth must undertake separate, personal excavations, or risk losing the best thing in their lives: each other.
Moving from the gritty 90s Chicago art scene to a suburbia of detox diets and home renovation hysteria, Wellness mines the absurdities of modern technology and modern love to reveal profound, startling truths about intimacy and connection. In this follow-up to Nathan Hill’s electric debut The Nix, Wellness reimagines the love story with healthy doses of insight, irony and heart.
'This brilliant novel will leave you thinking about the truth of your own life and the stories we tell ourselves and each other.' – Oprah Winfrey
'Nathan Hill is a maestro . . . the best new writer of fiction in America – the best' – John Irving
Wellness is not some naive, crunchy-granola midlife-crisis novel . . . [it] is a clear-eyed look at the difficulty to live honestly in a world where authenticity may be the most challenged idea of all.
The Washington Post
This brilliant novel will leave you thinking about the truth of your own life and the stories we tell ourselves and each other.
A hilarious and moving exploration of a modern marriage that astounds in its breadth and intimacy.
Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers and The Vanishing Half