Deb Egeland has submitted another interesting book review on one of our newer releases. Nathan Hill’s debut novel, The Nix was named as the #1 book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly, as well as one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Amazon, Newsday, Library Journal and many others.
Nathan is a native Iowan, but grew up all over the Midwest: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. He has lived in New England, New York, the Twin Cities and Chicago, but has since fled to a warmer climate and makes his home in Naples, Florida.
Here is what Deb has to say about The Nix.
The Nix, by Nathan Hill is a very solid book, physically as well as in story. The actual book is heavy and the story is involved. The story has abandonment, sexual abuse, protest marches, police violence…characters who don’t seem to know for sure who they are, or quite how to find out.
In places, I found the telling to be rather tedious with specifics. Other times I was restless and wondered where it was going. Something kept me reading. As I turned the pages, I also turned back the clock. I was teenage during the Vietnam protests, knew about “flower power”, lived in the Midwest and am familiar with Eastern Iowa and Chicago. I could easily envision what was happening and where.
As I finished it tonight, I realized that it was a good read. I enjoyed the “journey” the main characters were on. If you are looking for a book that might take a little extra effort, look at this one.