The Nix

Nathan Hill • Paperback (ENG)

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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 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.

Dit boek in de pers

Like Irving, Hill skillfully blends humor and darkness, imagery and observation. He also excels at describing technology, addiction, cultural milestones, and childhood ordeals. 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  

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.  
The New York Times  

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.  
The Washington Post  

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  

Details:

Auteur(s)Nathan Hill
UitgeverijRandom House Us
ISBN9780451494252
TaalEngels
UitvoeringPaperback (ENG)
Aantal pagina's640
Verschijningsdatum
Afmetingen233 x 158 x 44 mm.
Gewicht730 gr.  

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