Saturday, August 12, 2017
"Readers Live a Thousand Lives"
I remembered that great quote that Carole Reedy posted on Facebook as I finished reading The Nix. This is a big, sprawling story a la Tom Wolfe (Craig's idea) or Jonathan Franzen, but it definitely has its own voice.
The Nix is a family saga while it looks around at America, then and now: computer gaming, low-life academia, sexual abuse, police brutality, the Iraq war. One of the best chapters takes place during the riots at the Democratic Convention.
The Nix is a mix of satire and sincerity. It manages, amid all of its twists, to have a heart.
P.S. May this is "Nix picking" but I don't think any book needs to be 600 pages. Save some of those exquisitely worded riffs for another book or short story.