The Nix: A novel by Nathan Hill


“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

“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. The Nix is hugely entertaining.”
—NY Times Book Review

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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 is the #1 Book of the Year from


The Nix is 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

“If you lose everything you’ve written, start a new novel”
Interview with Minnesota Public Radio

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


More interviews…

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International Publication

The Nix will be published in more than 25 languages worldwide.

Dutch Edition


Published by De Besige Bij
Translator: Dennis Keesmaat
Publication Date: Fall 2016

German Edition


Published by Piper Verlag
Translated by Werner Löcher-Lawrence
Publication Date: Fall 2016

Italian Edition


Published by Rizzoli
Publication Date: March 2017

Danish Edition


Published by Lindhardt & Ringhof
Translated by Karsten Nielsen
Publication Date: Spring 2017


See all foreign editions…

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Nathan Hill’s 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, Amazon, Newsday, Library Journal, and many others. The Nix is a finalist for the Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle for Best Debut of 2016. It will be published worldwide in more than 20 languages.

Hill’s 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

You can find me on Goodreads, on Facebook, and on Twitter. (Fair warning: I’ve typically used Twitter only to record interesting things I read online. I’m generally better at 1.5 million characters than I am at 140.)

For press inquiries, have a look at Knopf’s Nix Media Center or contact Gabrielle Brooks at

Literary Inquiries: Emily Forland, Brandt & Hochman

Event Inquiries: Kate Berner, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

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Upcoming Appearances

Perth, Australia

February 24–26
Perth Writers Festival
I’ll be on the following panels:
Laugh Lines: The Role of Humor in Novels (Feb. 24, 11:30 am)
Dark Mirror: The Intersection of Fiction and Politics (Feb. 24, 2:30 pm)
Literary Death Match (Feb. 24, 9:05 pm)
Writing America: American History in New Novels (Feb. 26, 10 am)

Melbourne, Australia

March 1
The Wheeler Center
6:15 p.m.

Adelaide, Australia

March 3–6
Adelaide Writers Week
I’ll be on the following panels:
On The Nix: A Conversation with Nathan Hill (March 4, 1:15 pm)
American Dreaming: Authors Nathan Hill & Adam Fitzgerald (March 5, 12:00 pm)

Tucson, Arizona

March 11–12
Tucson Festival of Books
I’ll be on the following panels:
Mothers & Sons (March 11, 1 pm)
Dazzling Debut Novels (March 12, 10 am)
Dysfunction Junction: Satire Begins at Home (March 12, 1 pm)

Fort Myers, Florida

March 18
Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Details to come

Cincinnati, Ohio

March 23
Mercantile Library of Cincinnati
Details to come

Milan, Italy

April 19–23
Milan Book Fair
Details to come

Boston, Massachusetts

May 5–7
The Muse & the Marketplace Conference
Details to come

Des Moines, Iowa

May 11
Des Moines Public Library
Details to come

Gainesville, Florida

June 4
Alachua County Library
Details to come

Amherst, Massachusetts

June 20
Juniper Summer Writing Institute
Details to come

See the full Book Tour…

Photo courtesy Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas