The Nix by Nathan Hill


Originally published in: 2016

What it’s about: The Nix is ultimately a story about family relationships and the power of blood ties to overcome trauma and betrayal. But it’s kind of lighthearted and fun.

What made me pick it up: I kept seeing it pop up on bestseller lists so I figured I’d take the plunge. Plus, I knew those 600+ pages would do great things for my annual page count.

My favorite things: If I’m being completely honest, a lot of literary fiction misses the mark for me because I feel like it takes itself too seriously. The Nix doesn’t. From the moment we meet the Andresen-Andersons it’s clear that Hill is just as concerned with making his readers chuckle every once in a while as he is with exploring complicated relationships. I love the way he spends a chapter here and there following secondary characters, because the change in voice kept things fresh for me across the several hundred pages. I also really enjoyed getting to read excerpts of Samuel’s writing, instead of just reading about his (in)ability to create great work. This book is looong but I never wanted the end to come sooner.

Who it’s great for: Readers who love family drama but want a story that reaches beyond that. Those who think we’re prioritizing our digital lives a bit too much. Anyone seeking to pad their page count without losing interest.

Abby’s rating: three-and-a-half-shells

Get a copy of The Nix at Amazon (affiliate link) or your local library.