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 was the director of the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne until March 2020. He worked at the Wheeler Centre since its inception in 2009, when he was hired as the Head of Programming before being appointed as director in September 2011. A sometime Radio National presenter, he remains a regular guest on ABC Radio and TV. Michael has also worked in publishing, as a presenter for Melbourne’s 3RRR (on Breakfasters) and as a member of the Australia Council’s Literature Board, and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian and elsewhere.