Nathan Hill, author of The Nix

Nathan Hill“The best new writer of fiction in America. The best.”
—John Irving

“A major new comic novelist.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

“Hill has so much talent to burn that he can pull off just about any style, imagine himself into any person and convincingly portray any place or time.”
—Teddy Wayne, NY Times Book Review

“Endlessly brilliant, original, and entertaining.”
—R.L. Stine

Buy a copy of The Nix

Nathan Hill’s Bookshop Page
where you can also check out my favorite recent reads & all-time favorite books

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Praise for The Nix

The Nix was named one of the best books of the year by
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The Nix was the #1 Book of the Year from


The Nix won the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times
The Nix was a finalist for the NBCC Leonard Award for Best Debut of the Year




The Nix is hugely entertaining and unfailingly smart, and the author seems incapable of writing a pedestrian sentence or spinning a boring story.

The New York Times Book Review

It broke my heart, this book. Time after time. It made me laugh just as often. I loved it on the first page as powerfully as I did on the last.…Nathan Hill? He’s gonna be famous. This is just the start.


Reading “The Nix” was an experience of complete unadulterated pleasure.

The Independent

This looks to be the debut of an important new writer, able to variously make readers laugh out loud while providing a melancholy, resonant tale.

USA Today

Not since the 1996 and 1997 double-header of John Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies and Philip Roth’s American Pastoral has a novel emerged that presents a more comprehensive and perceptive portrait of the personal and political American psyche than Nathan Hill’s wise, rueful, and scathingly funny début.

Barnes & Noble

What pushes this novel into Great American Novel territory may be its rare audacity in insisting that even amidst all of the anxieties of contemporary times…we remain capable of righting the wrongs of the past, if we have the courage to rediscover one another.

National Book Critics Circle


Read more reviews…

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“Nathan Hill Is Compared to John Irving. Irving Compares Him to Dickens”
Profile in The New York Times

“With Debut Novel ‘The Nix,’ Author Nathan Hill Finds Success After Years of Struggle”
Interview with NPR’s Here & Now

“Nathan Hill in Conversation with John Irving”
A chat with John Irving at the International Festival of Authors

Nathan Hill at the Miami Book Fair
TV interview with PBS’s Book View Now

“Fictional Facts: In an age of fake news and ‘alternative truths,’ novels like Nathan Hill’s ‘The Nix’ are striking a chord”
Interview with Pacific Sun Magazine

“Nathan Hill on The Nix, Satirizing the Media, and Capturing the Absurdity of America in Fiction”
Q&A with Slate

Essays, Reviews, & Journalism

“Giving Voice to the Victims of Growth”
The New York Times Book Review

“This Novel Opens With a Suicide and a Suitcase of Cash. Then Things Get Really Interesting”
The New York Times Book Review

“Game On: The Overwatch Videogame League Aims to Become the New NFL”
Wired Magazine

“Postcard From the Pandemic: A Solid Little Feeling”
Poets & Writers

“Novak Djokovic’s Moment of True Greatness”
ESPN the Magazine

“Playing Dungeons & Dragons Alone”
Powell’s Books Blog

“I Made This For You: A Novelist Writes a Mother’s Day Gift
Gulfshore Life


More interviews & essays…

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Nathan Hill’s bestselling debut novel The Nix was named 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, NPR, Slate, Amazonand many others. The Nix was the winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for First Fiction. It was published worldwide in 30 languages.

Hill’s nonfiction has appeared in WiredESPN the Magazine, Poets & Writers, and the New York Times Book Review. His 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.

Nathan Hill is a native Iowan but now lives in Naples, Florida.

Contact Me

Bookshop: Check out the books that inspired The Nix. You can also browse my favorite recent reads and all-time favorite books.

Press inquiries: have a look at Knopf’s Nix Media Center or contact Gabrielle Brooks

Literary Inquiries: Emily Forland, Brandt & Hochman

Event Inquiries: Madeleine Denman, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

Film & TV Inquiries: Michelle Weiner, Creative Artists Agency

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Upcoming Appearances

St. Paul, MN

June 11, 2022
The University of St. Thomas Free Summer Publishing Institute
Reading & Lecture

A big thank you to everyone who came out to see me on my crazy-long tour. I’m home now working on the next thing.

When I have new events planned, I’ll be sure to post them here.


Photo courtesy Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas