ISBN The Nix

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A New York Times 2016 Notable Book
Entertainment Weekly's #1 Book of the Year
A Washington Post 2016 Notable Book
A Slate Top Ten Book

"Nathan Hill is a maestro." -John Irving

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades-not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news and inflames a politically divided country. 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.

To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix. As he does so, Samuel will confront not only Faye's losses but also his own lost love, and will relearn everything he thought he knew about his mother, and himself.

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Author:
Hill, Nathan

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Excerpt:
PROLOGUE
 
Late Summer 1988
 
If Samuel had known his mother was leaving, he might have paid more attention. He might have listened more carefully to her, observed her more closely, written certain crucial things down. Maybe he could have acted differently, spoken differently, been a different person.
 
Maybe he could have been a child worth sticking around for.
 
But Samuel did not know his mother was leaving. He did not know she had been leaving for many months now in secret, and in pieces. She had been removing items from the house one by one. A single dress from her closet. Then a lone photo from the album. A fork from the silverware drawer. A quilt from under the bed. Every week, she took something new. A sweater. A pair of shoes. A Christmas ornament. A book. Slowly, her presence in the house grew thinner.
 
She d been at it almost a year when Samuel and his father began to sense something, a sort of instability, a puzzling and disturbing and some-times even sinister feeling of depletion. It struck them at odd moments. They looked at the bookshelf and thought: Don t we own more books than that? They walked by the china cabinet and felt sure something was missing. But what? They could not give it a name this impression that life s details were being reorganized. They didn t understand that the reason they were no longer eating Crock-­Pot meals was that the Crock-Pot was no longer in the house. If the bookshelf seemed bare, it was because she had pruned it of its poetry. If the china cabinet seemed a little vacant, it was because two plates, two bowls, and a teapot had been lifted from the collection.
 
They were being burglarized at a very slow pace.
 
Didn t there used to be more photos on that wall? Samuel s father said, standing at the foot of the stairs, squinting. Didn t we have that picture from the Grand Canyon up there?
 
No, Samuel s mother said. We put that picture away.
 
We did? I don t remember that.
 
It was your decision.
 
It was? he said, befuddled. He thought he was losing his mind. Years later, in a high-school biology class, Samuel heard a story about a certain kind of African turtle that swam across the ocean to lay its eggs in South America. Scientists could find no reason for the enormous trip. Why did the turtles do it? The leading theory was that they began doing it eons ago, when South America and Africa were still locked together. Back then, only a river might have separated the continents, and the turtles laid their eggs on the river s far bank. But then the continents began drifting apart, and the river widened by about an inch per year, which would have been invisible to the turtles. So they kept going to the same spot, the far bank of the river, each generation swimming a tiny bit farther than the last one, and after a hundred million years of this, the river had become an ocean, and yet the turtles never noticed.
 
This, Samuel decided, was the manner of his mother s departure. This was how she moved away imperceptibly, slowly, bit by bit. She whittled down her life until the only thing left to remove was herself.
 
On the day she disappeared, she left the house with a single suitcase.
 

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the headline appears one afternoon on several news websites almost simultaneously: governor packer attacked!

Television picks it up moments later, bumping into programming for a Breaking News Alert as the anchor looks gravely into the camera and says, We re hearing from our correspondents in Chicago that Governor Sheldon Packer has been attacked. And that s all anyone knows for a while, that he
Media Type:
Softcover
Publisher:
Random House LCC US
Review:
If any novel defied an elevator pitch in 2016, it was The Nix. Acid critique of millennial entitlement, videogame addiction, and clueless academia; tender meditation on childhood friendship, first loves, and maternal abandonment; handy tutorial on 60s radicalism and Norwegian ghost mythology: Nathan Hill s magnificently overstuffed debut contains multitudes, and then some. . . .  the story surges, ricocheting from sleepy 80s suburbia and the 1968 DNC riots to WWII-era Norway, post-9/11 Iraq, and beyond. It s not just that Hill is a brilliantly surreal social satirist in the gonzo mode of Don DeLillo or Thomas Pynchon (a male news anchor s face is smooth as cake fondant ; one doomed union is like a spoon married to a garbage disposal ), it s that he does it all with so much wit and style and heart.   Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly (Best Book of 2016)

A fantastic novel about love, betrayal, politics and pop culture as good as the best Michael Chabon or Jonathan Franzen. People
 
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. Jason Sheehan, NPR.org
 
Funny, endlessly inventive. . . . [a] wild tragicomic tangle of [Hill s] imagination. Entertainment Weekly (A-)

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

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. Ron Charles, The Washington Post

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. Eliot Schrefer, USA Today (4/4 Stars)

"[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
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
752

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Release date:
May 2, 2017
Package Dimensions:
0.201 x 0.133 x 0.034 m; 0.528 kg
GTIN:
09781101970348
DUIN:
BK4DQL0T3VU
Manufacturer Part Number:
47269870
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