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This is a hilarious and deeply touching debut novel about a son, the mother who left him as a child, and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his own.

Meet Samuel Andresen-Anderson: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of an online video game. He hasn’t seen his mother, Faye, since she walked out when he was a child. But then one day there she is, all over the news, throwing rocks at a presidential candidate. The media paints Faye as a militant radical with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother never left her small Iowa town. Which version of his mother is the true one? Determined to solve the puzzle—and finally have something to deliver to his publisher—Samuel decides to capitalize on his mother’s new fame by writing a tell-all biography, a book that will savage her intimately, publicly. But first, he has to locate her and second, to talk to her without bursting into tears.

As Samuel begins to excavate her history, the story moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s to New York City during the Great Recession and Occupy Wall Street movement to the infamous riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, and finally to Norway, home of the mysterious Nix that his mother told him about as a child. And in these places, 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 kept hidden from the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A satirical, fast-paced romp through time and space, The Nix is ambitious, wide-ranging, and full of surprises.”

    Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author

  • A mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro. John Irving
  • Hill has so much talent to burn that he can pull of just about any style, imagine himself into any person and convincingly portray any place or time. The Nix is hugely entertaining and unfailingly smart, and the author seems incapable of writing a pedestrian sentence or spinning a boring story. . . . [A] supersize and audacious novel of American misadventure. Teddy Wayne, The New York Times Book Review
  • [A] great sprawling feast of a first novel. . . . Hill writes with an astonishingly sure hand for a young author. . . . let's just call him the real thing. Dan Cryer, Newsday
  • A huge, intimate, funny, beautifully intelligent novel…a lovely, smart, surprising read.”

    Julie Schumacher, Thurber Prize-winning author

  • A fantastic novel about love, betrayal, politics and pop culture—as good as the best Michael Chabon or Jonathan Franzen. People
  • Funny, endlessly inventive. . . . [a] wild tragicomic tangle of [Hill’s] imagination. Entertainment Weekly (A-)
  • Hill is an uncommonly profound observer, illuminating much about the relationships between parents and children. . . . Nathan Hill is an important new writer, able to variously make readers laugh out loud while providing a melancholy, resonant tale. USA Today (4/4 Stars)
  • “Ambitiously panoramic and humane…The multiple story lines are dexterously juggled and well-paced…[A] supersize and audacious novel of American misadventure.”

    New York Times Book Review
  • “[A} great sprawling feast of a first novel. The Nix will make anyone comprehend that endless, hopeless ache, and a whole lot more.”

  • Irresistible. . . . A major new comic novelist . . . . Hill is a sharp social observer, hyper-alert to the absurdities of modern life. . . . his enormous book arrives as one of the stars of the fall season. . . . readers will find this novel. And they’ll be dazzled. Washington Post
  • “Comic set-pieces, digressions into myth, and formal larks that call to mind Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad.”

    New York Magazine

  • “A grand entertainment, smart and well-paced, and a book that promises good work to come.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • “Hill’s first novel offers an ironic view of 21st-century elections, education, pop culture, and marketing, with flashbacks to 1988, 1968, and 1944…Cameos by Allen Ginsberg, Walter Cronkite, and Hubert Humphrey add heart and perspective to this rich, lively take on American social conflict, real and invented, over the last half-century.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • “Pay attention. This is what a Great American Novel looks like. The Nix is culturally relevant, politically charged, historically sweeping, sad, full of yearning, sometimes dark but mostly hilarious. Nathan Hill is a literary powerhouse who will deservedly earn many comparisons to John Irving and Jonathan Franzen.”

    Benjamin Percy, author of Red Moon

  • Nathan Hill’s novel is smart, inventive, and fun, as you might expect of a book that features a slew of elves and the 1968 Democratic Convention…The Nix is dead serious and delightful.

    Sara Levine, author of Treasure Island!!!
  • A big, ambitious, deliciously sprawling novel. . . . Hill's vivid imagination creates worlds within worlds. Star-Telegram
  • It broke my heart, this book. Time after time. It made me laugh just as often. I loved it on the first page as powerfully as I did on the last.


  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for September 
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