Nathan Hill - The Nix
Now available in paperback, Hill’s accomplished debut novel is the story of Samuel Andresen-Anderson, a would-be writer and lackluster English professor who, in a subtle nod to the title’s mythic creature—a being said to spirit loved ones away—prefers to spend his time playing Elfquest. Then one day the mother who abandoned him when he was a child turns up in a front-page headline. Dubbed the “Packer Attacker” for her assault on the right-wing Governor Packer, she turns her son’s life upside down once again, this time by becoming irresistible material for a book. Sam investigates her life and tells its stories, which range from her surprising family background to her participation in the 1968 Chicago protests and repeated brushes with cultural icons including Allen Ginsberg and Walter Cronkite.