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A hilarious and deeply touching debut novel about a son the mother who left him as a child and how his search to uncover the secrets of her life leads him to reclaim his ownMeet Samuel Andresen Anderson stalled writer bored teacher at a local college obsessive player of an online video game He hasn't seen his mother Faye since she walked out when he was a child But then one day there she is all over the news throwing rocks at a presidential candidate The media paints Faye as a militant radical with a sordid past but as far as Samuel knows his mother never left her small Iowa town Which version of his mother is the true one? Determined to solve the puzzle and finally have something to deliver to his publisher Samuel decides to capitalize on his mother's new fame by writing a tell all biography a book that will savage her intimately publicly But first he has to locate her and second to talk to her without bursting into tears As Samuel begins to excavate her history the story moves from the rural Midwest of the 1960s to New York City during the Great Recession and Occupy Wall Street to the infamous riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention and finally to Norway home of the mysterious Nix that his mother told him about as a child And in these places Samuel will unexpectedly find that he has to rethink everything he ever knew about his mother a woman with an epic story of her own a story she kept hidden from the world


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    Update news exciting Meryl Streep is going to star and produce The Nix mini series with JJ AbramsAll I knew about The Nix before I started reading my 625 page physical book was the 'few' things I heard GOOD GREAT TERRIFIC WRITING SIMILAR to JONATHAN FRANZENall of which I agree by the way but I purposely have not read reviews yet I'm tempted to nowbut I'll wait enjoy what other readers have to say soon Not one person told me how incredibly ENJOYABLE the STORYTELLING was IMMEDIATELY I was pulled into the wonderful world of fiction FANTASTIC NOVELone of my years favorites for SURE In the prologue summer 1988 Samuel narrator describes how his mother slowly bit by bit whittled down her life until the only thing left to remove was herself On the day she disappeared she left the house with a single suitcase Part 1 late summer 2011 GOVERNOR SHELDON PACKER of Chicago is ATTACKED The woman accused of the attack is Faye Andersen Anderson She is a teaching assistant at a local elementary schoolconsidered a sixties radical hippie prostitute teacher We will be introduced to Guy Periwinkle publisher He and Sam will have there own running theme throughout this novel about Sam's novel which isn't finished for which he had received advance payment Samuel Anderson is in his 30's a College Literature Professor at a small University northwest of Chicago He is also a struggling writer and a game player in the virtual world His game choice is World of Elfscape Samual plays 'Elfscape' from his University office because he gets faster Internet connection than at home There's a hilarious scene about a student Laura Pottsdamwho wears sweatshorts with various words written across the butt who handed in a plagiarized paper Laura is arguing with Samuel saying she did not cheat Samuel is saying that according to the software her essay came from FreeTermPaperscom Laura says she never heard of it Many rounds of argument continue BUT reallyREALLY continued crying threats drama at it's bestOne of the funniest 'studentteacher' dialogues everSam learns his mother whom he has not seen for 20 years is Packer Attacker The plan is Samual will write a book about his mother a biography an expose a tell all Hopefully this will satisfy Guy Periwinkle his publisher for that advance check he received tooPart Two Late Summer 1988 Ghosts of the Old Country is another page turning section We are taken back to when Sam was just a boy We get an inside look at his childhood Sams disposition his sensitivities insecurities fears and relationship with his mother Reading Choose Your Own Adventure books gave him comfort when his mother sent him to his room to read or if he felt he needed to cry In August of 1988 it's the month that Sam considers it his final month with his mother even though she doesn't really physically walk out for a few years But for abstract reasons all he knew is this was the month a time he need to cry often Constantly crying I read the next few pages very carefully and parts two and three times as I was picking up lots of deeper clues as to what might be coming down the pipes further into the novel plus I was sad There is a scene when Faye tells little Sam to bring 9 toys and put them in his wagon as they are going for a walk I felt for this little kid And when there was a moment when Sam buried his face in the hot passenger seat weeping with his mother sitting next to himI somehow knew like Sam knew at that moment he was alone in the world Whatever illusions he had for protection from his mothers love was gone And soon we learn why this book is called The Nix To me it's so much the heart of this story that EVERYTHING I read after no matter what direction it spins off intofamily matters of anger resentments of understanding the past and healing old scars or the democratic convention in Chicago 1968 the Republican convention in New York protests of Wall Street childhood friends the news media or the crazy crime that brings Faye Andersen Anderson into the limelightI couldn't help but to think about the 'duo' NIXThe first Nix comes from the Ghost Story that Faye's father told her when she was a child back in Norway THE PLOT OF THE STORY IS THE SAME for NIX 1 and Nix 2 which is a story that once read once is very hard to forgetBut in NIX 1 The moral of the story ends with Don't trust things that are too good to be true In NIX 2Faye changes the moral of the story for 'little Sam' toThings you love the most will one day hurt you the worst Sam cries I wanted to fricken hit Faye Andersen Anderson at that moment Moving on Also in Part 2 we meet childhood friends Bishop and Bethany who are twins brother and sister Again we are taken deeper into in life of Sam We are getting to know him We still have much to learn about his mother Later we will meet other characters in this expanding saga Allen Ginsberg Pwnage street people etc Part 3 late summer 2011 enemy obstacle puzzle trap Sam meets his mother after 20 years asks why she threw rocks at the governor Laura is back in the story always fun when she takes center stage Memories with mom dad grandpa FrankPart 4 Spring 1968 The house SpiritFaye and Henry go to Senior Prom fall in love There are secrets Father daughter problems Faye will either get closer to her father are fling apart forever Part 10 Late Summer 2011 Deleveraging Sam Faye GuyI hope by writing this review the way I have you get a glimpse of the structure There are 10 parts I did this hoping that readers can see that when you break the book down it actually reads rather quickly fluidly and it's deeply emotional At the book's core this is a story about a son and his motherbut it's also about family politics love lovers loss regret truth devotion and the gritty pains of life Nathan Hill's novel is a brilliant achievement poignant entertaining and becomes impossible to resist Sooooo soooo ENJOYABLE