Nathan Hill's extraordinary first novel The Nix is published by Picador in paperback in September 2017. Here are six reasons why this debut novel should be moved to the top of your reading pile this Autumn.
An ambitious, sprawling, hilarious, moving and acidly satirical read, this debut novel explores fifty years of American history and American radical protest through the story of a son and the mother who left him as a child.
It moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s, to New York City during Occupy Wall Street, back to Chicago in 1968 and, finally, to wartime Norway, home of the mysterious Nix.
Here are six reasons why we think you should add The Nix to your 2017 'to be read' pile right now...
1. Nathan Hill has been compared to all of your favourite writers: The Nix has already been compared to the work of Pynchon, Foster Wallace, Franzen, Salinger, Chabon, Egan, Tartt, Eugenides and Dickens. Pretty heady company for a debut novelist.
2. Everybody's talking about it across the pond: an instant New York Times bestseller, The Nix received stellar reviews in the US which helped to propel it into the Amazon top ten before it was even published.
3. It’s hilarious: despite being an often dark and heart-breaking story of an abandoned child excavating his estranged mother's past, The Nix has also had us laughing out loud on public transport.
4. And it's painfully relevant: the Washington Post noted that 'Nathan Hill's dazzling debut novel opens with an assault on Governor Packer, a right-wing, anti-immigration presidential candidate, who may remind you of a certain reality TV star with size anxiety'.
5. It involves a Choose Your Own Adventure: Hill is such a great fan of choose-your-own-adventure stories that he's embedded one within a section of The Nix.
6. Anything that’s OK with Meryl Streep is fine with us: the Oscar-winning actress is reportedly teaming up with J.J. Abrams to create a TV adaptation of the novel.