The Nix (Paperback)

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In Norwegian mythology a Nix is a shapeshifting spirit that can steal children away. In protagonist Professor Samuel Andresen-Anderson's life, his Nix is his mother, who vanished when he was a child and stole a chunk of his heart. It is 2011, and she has reappeared, labeled The Packer Attacker after flinging stones at a political candidate, and needs her son's help. This funny, often dark debut novel moves from the suburban midwest to New York City to the Chicago riots in 1968. Peopled with characters from addicted gamers to a narcissistic media guru, a cameo by Alan Ginsburg, and touching with irony on academia and culture, family, home, and intersecting relationships, The Nix is a sprawling, spellbinding read.

— Amy Palmer


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.

About the Author

NATHAN HILL's short fiction has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, AGNI, The Gettysburg Review, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize. A native Iowan, he lives with his wife in Naples, Florida.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781101970348
ISBN-10: 1101970340
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 752
Language: English
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