Mr B's review
Jack and Elizabeth meet in the 90s Chicago underground art scene, and fall instantly in love. Twenty years on and with a young son in tow, they are now in the midst of designing their ‘forever home’ complete with separate bedrooms to cater for every eventuality in the marriage.
Wellness takes us on a rollercoaster journey, exploring the never-ending pressures and failures the modern world brings – from parenting, to open marriages, Facebook algorithms, the need to always be perfect and feel certain of who we are. It’s epic, bold, and so incredibly moving. I loved every page. (Emma)
‘American storytelling at its era-spanning best . . . An immersive, multi-layered portrait of a marriage, Nathan Hill’s follow-up to The Nix is a work of quiet genius.’ – The Observer
‘The incredible scope of this dazzlingly detailed state-of-the-nation satire almost defies description . . . Brilliant doesn’t begin to describe it, but I’ll say it anyway.’ – Daily Mail
‘I doubt I’ll enjoy many books this year as much as Wellness.’ – The Times
An Oprah’s Book Club Pick.
A powerfully affecting novel about how we change, grow and age, Wellness is a story of marriage, middle age, our tech-obsessed health culture, and the bonds that keep people together.
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 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.
Moving from the gritty 90s Chicago art scene to a suburbia of detox diets and home renovation hysteria, Wellness mines the absurdities of modern technology and modern love to reveal profound, startling truths about intimacy and connection. In this follow-up to Nathan Hill’s electric debut The Nix, Wellness reimagines the love story with healthy doses of insight, irony and heart.
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