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Nathan Hill captures the turmoil of the 1960s and the absurdity of contemporary culture with surprising ease in his novel The Nix. He finds humor in the most unlikely places and weaves an intricate series of events into a unified plot that is as entertaining as it is astonishing.  

This FastReads summary offers supplementary material to The Nix to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, this FastReads summary is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in less than 20 minutes!  

What does this FastReads summary include? 

  • Executive summary of the original book
  • Detailed chapter-by-chapter synopses
  • Key takeaways from each chapter
  • Exposition and analysis

Original book summary overview 

It’s 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - an embittered professor at a small Chicago university - is battling dragons on his computer screen and unrequited love in his heart. He has not seen his mother since she abandoned her family 23 years ago, and now she is all over the news after committing a peculiar political crime. She has been his Nix all these years, but he must save her from a begrudged judge and, in the process, save himself from a lawsuit that threatens to take away everything he has.  

Please note: This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, The Nix.

(Disclaimer: This is NOT the original book. If you’re looking for the original book, it is available from Amazon and Audible.)  

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