Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The Nix is 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 

From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, 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.
Plötsligt är Samuels sedan länge försvunna mor på löpsedlarna och i tv-nyheterna. Hon har genomfört en politisk aktion som delar USA i två läger. Vem är hon egentligen? Och varför övergav hon Samuel för alla dessa år sedan?

En nix kan framträda i olika skepnader. Inom norsk folktro ger den sig till känna i form av en vit häst som stjäl barn. I Nathan Hills debutroman står nix för allting du älskar som en dag ska försvinna och ta med sig en bit av ditt hjärta.

För Samuel, professor och författare, är nix hans mamma Faye. Han har inte träffat henne sedan hon övergav familjen när han var liten pojke. Nu har hon plötsligt dykt upp i hans liv igen i form av svarta rubriker på löpsedlarna, på TV-nyheterna och i debattforum på internet. Hon har begått ett brott som tycks elda upp stämningarna i ett redan politiskt delat land. I nyhetsrapporteringen utmålas hon som en radikal hippie med ett smutsigt förflutet, men så vitt Samuel vet är hon en helt vanlig kvinna från en välbärgad förort i Mellanvästern. Nu sitter hon i ett häkte i Chicago och står inför flera allvarliga anklagelser.

Samuel bestämmer sig för att ta reda på vad som har hänt. Hans sökande efter sanningen om sin mamma tar honom tillbaka i tiden. Från villalivet i förorten, till New York och 68-upproren i Chicago och vidare till Norge, nix hemland. Det blir en resa som blottlägger hemligheter och förluster och tecknar ett porträtt av ett USA i radikal förändring.

Nix är ett omskakande, humoristiskt och välskrivet drama om familjehemligheter, förluster och om betydelsen av kärlek och något att kalla hem i en omvälvande tid.
Winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
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

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The Nix is 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 

From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson—college professor, stalled writer—has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn’t seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she’s re-appeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, 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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