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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 a crime that electrifies the nightly news and in flames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a 1960s radical, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high-school sweetheart. Which version of her 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.
Nathan Hill’s debut novel The Nix was named one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, Amazon, and many others. The Nix is a finalist for the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times. It will be published worldwide in 30 languages. Hill’s short stories have been published in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Denver Quarterly, and Fiction, which awarded him its annual Fiction Prize. He is a native Iowan but now lives in Naples, Florida.
Helen Ellis is the acclaimed author of Eating the Cheshire Cat. She is a poker player who competes on the national tournament circuit. Raised in Alabama, she lives with her husband in New York City.
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
Meet the women of American Housewife. They wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies from the oven.
The debut novel by the author of American Housewife.
Eating the Cheshire Cat lures us into a world of perfectly planned parties and steep social ladders, where traditional rites of passage take unpredictable and horrifying turns as three girls and their overbearing mothers collide.