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Nathan Hill

Wellness: A novel (OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK)

Wellness: A novel (OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK)

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • The New York Times best-selling author of The Nix is back with a poignant and witty novel about marriage, the often baffling pursuit of health and happiness, and the stories that bind us together. From the gritty '90s Chicago art scene to a suburbia of detox diets and home-renovation hysteria, Wellness reimagines the love story with a healthy dose of insight, irony, and heart.

“A hilarious and moving exploration of a modern marriage that astounds in its breadth and intimacy.” —Brit Bennett, author of
The Vanishing Half

When Jack and Elizabeth meet as college students in the '90s, the two quickly join forces and hold on tight, each eager to claim a place in Chicago’s thriving underground art scene with an appreciative kindred spirit. Fast-forward twenty years to married life, and alongside the challenges of parenting, they encounter cults disguised as mindfulness support groups, polyamorous would-be suitors, Facebook wars, and something called Love Potion Number Nine.

For the first time, Jack and Elizabeth struggle to recognize each other, and the no-longer-youthful dreamers are forced to face their demons, from unfulfilled career ambitions to painful childhood memories of their own dysfunctional families. In the process, Jack and Elizabeth must undertake separate, personal excavations, or risk losing the best thing in their lives: each other.

Humorous Fiction; Family Life Fiction; Literary Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

“A modern take on love, marriage, and society’s obsession on improving almost every aspect of our lives–and the impact technology and social
media has on our culture and in our lives. This brilliant novel will leave you
thinking about the truth of your own life and the stories we tell ourselves and
each other.” –Oprah Winfrey


"Gorgeous . . . Wellness has an insistent pull . . .
The beauty of Hill’s second novel is that every character is at least a little
strange and no one is unworthy of sympathy . . . Few recent novels harbor as
much love for humanity as this one does." –The Washington Post


“Wellness is a perfect novel for our age . . . Hill is an
immensely talented writer; he has a gift for prose that's elegant but unshowy,
and his dialogue consistently rings true-to-life . . . a stunning novel about
the stories that we tell about our lives and our loves, and how we sustain
relationships throughout time — it's beyond remarkable, both funny and
heartbreaking, sometimes on the same page.” —NPR


“Wellness brilliantly blends ideas about wellness culture,
modern parenting, Internet algorithms, gentrification, and most importantly,
love.” —People


“A hilarious and moving exploration of a modern marriage
that astounds in its breadth and intimacy.” —Brit Bennett, author of The
Vanishing Half


“Wellness is such a beautiful, sometimes sad, sometimes
satirical but most of all honest book about the many people a person
becomes—the way a life, in time, inevitably upends itself. A love story of
dislodged chronology, Nathan Hill’s brilliant interrogation of a single
relationship spiderwebs out into almost every facet of our contemporary
anxieties. Few writers working today have dissected, with such a sharp scalpel,
the fundamental paradox of modern American life: this hopelessly broken need to
fix what may not need fixing, to reach with utter desperation for a version of
better that may not be better at all. Read Wellness with caution: it lays so
much of our little self-deceptions bare.” — Omar El Akkad, author of American


“Nathan Hill has synthesized about a hundred years of that
distinctly American delusion called self-improvement, and Wellness is the whip
smart and gently comic result. Epic in scope, domestic in scale, it’s a book
that defies anyone to read it and willingly pick up a dumbbell or worry about
counting steps ever again. Hill has released you, America, and his book will
leave you not only fortified but amazed.” —Joshua Ferris, author of Then We
Came to the End


“Wellness is one of the funniest, saddest, smartest novels
I’ve ever read. In his portrait of one foundering marriage, Nathan Hill has
encapsulated the pathologies and possibilities of our troubled era. With his
razor-sharp satire and heartbreaking pathos, his stylistic virtuosity and human
warmth, Hill has written both a propulsive page-turner and an artistic
achievement of the highest order. I didn’t think I could love a book more than
The Nix until I read Wellness. It's a flat-out masterpiece."—Anthony Marra,
author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


“Ambitious, deeply engrossing, whip-smart and ultimately
heartbreaking, Nathan Hill’s Wellness is all this and much more.” —Richard
Russo, author of the North Bath Trilogy


“Astutely observed, hilariously satirical . . . Hill’s prose
is radiant and ravishing throughout this saturated, intricately honeycombed
novel of delving cogitation as he evokes the wonders of the prairie and the
city, and the ever-perplexing folly, anguish, and beauty of the human
condition.” —Booklist (starred review)


“Hill blends a family chronicle with cultural critique in
his expansive and surprisingly tender latest . . . This stunning novel of ideas
never loses sight of its humanity.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Warmhearted . . . A bittersweet novel of love gained, lost,
and regained over the course of decades.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Nathan Hill’s best-selling debut novel, The Nix, was named the #1 book of the year by Audible and Entertainment Weekly and one of the year’s best books by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Slate, and many others. The Nix was the winner of the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction from the Los Angeles Times and was published worldwide in more than two dozen languages.

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