Beginning as a quirky tale about parenthood and punk in 1980s New York, Nell Zink’s Doxology expands into a bigger, more ambitious novel encompassing some of the most serious themes of our time. The New York Times book critic Dwight Garner called it “the novel of the summer and possibly the year”. Generous-spirited and very funny, Doxology narrates the changes an American family undergoes from the 1980s to the Trump era, by way of 9/11. Nell joins Michael Williams to discuss a story that is both an elegiac take-down of today’s political climate and a touching invocation of humanity’s goodness.

Nell Zink (International)

Nell Zink

Nell Zink is an American who has lived in Germany for 20 years and came to publishing late in life. Her novels include The Wallcreeper, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, the National Book Award nominated Mislaid, Nicotine, and most recently the indie-rock epic Doxology. Her short pieces have appeared in n+1, Harper's and Granta.

Michael Williams (Australian)

Michael Williams

Michael Williams is a regular host of literary conversations and events. A writer, editor and broadcaster, he was one of two founding staff members of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, and was its Director until earlier this year. He is also host of Guardian Australia's monthly book club.