A deeply touching debut novel about a son (Samuel), his mother (Faye) and how Samuel’s search to uncover the secrets of his mother’s life leads him to reclaim his own.
Their story is a sprawling and intricate puzzle that goes back and forth in time using satire of politics and the media in a clever and astute manner.
As Samuel begins to excavate his mother’s history, the story moves from 1960’s rural Midwest to New York City during the Great Recession and Occupy Wall Street, to the infamous riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention, and finally to Norway, home of the mysterious Nix that his mother told him about as a child. In these places, Samuel will unexpectedly find that he has to rethink everything he ever knew about his mother--a woman with an epic story of her own, a story she kept hidden from the world.
Seriously talented storytelling at play here!