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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

  • “The inspired pairing of one of the most promising novelists in years with a gifted narrator who brings intelligence, humor, and immediacy to every word makes for a rare listening treat. Ari Fliakos finds a true and distinct voice for every character…[It] makes for marvelous listening…with a perfect mix of vocal energy, world-weariness, and keen observations…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America."

    John Irving, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “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

  • “Funny, endlessly inventive.”

    Entertainment Weekly (A-)

  • “A fantastic novel about love, betrayal, politics and pop culture.”


  • “Hill is an uncommonly profound observer, illuminating much about the relationships between parents and children…able to variously make readers laugh out loud while providing a melancholy, resonant tale.”

    USA Today (4/4 Stars)
  • “[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.”


  • “Hill is a sharp social observer, hyper-alert to the absurdities of modern life.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] rich, lively take on American social conflict, real and invented, over the last half-century.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Grand entertainment.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A BookPage Top Pick for September 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2016
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