The Nix by Nathan Hill
Compared to the work of Jonathan Franzen, Thomas Pynchon, and Jennifer Egan, The Nix is a debut that immediately places Nathan Hill among our greatest contemporary novelists.
It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson--college professor, stalled writer--hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the internet, and inflames a politically divided country. To save her, Samuel will have to embark on his own journey, uncovering long-buried secrets about the woman he thought he knew, secrets that stretch across generations and have their origin all the way back in Norway, home of the mysterious Nix--a mythical white horse that steals children. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores--with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness--the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change.