Watermark Books & Cafe will host former Wichitan, author Nathan Hill, and representatives from Penguin Random House on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Hill will discuss his debut novel, The Nix, and the reps will talk about must-have titles for winter 2016. Watermark Cafe will provide snacks for the event.5:30 p.m. - Watermark Cafe snacks + mingle 6:00 p.m. - Rep-o-Rama book talks 7:00 p.m. - Author talk and signing with Nathan Hill for The Nix "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 Nixexplores 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 aradical 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.
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.