Nichol’s grew up in the Bay Area and received an MFA from the University of Florida. She has traveled widely,workedfor non-profit film companies, and taught English in India, South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and, of course, Georgia.
Christina Nichol was the recipient of a 2012 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award for fiction.
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Waiting for the Electricy, Overlook Press, July 2015 (Fiction)
WALL STREET BOOK 2014! Nichol’s Georgian hero, Slims Achmed, embodies the spirit— and voice— of his nation even as he chafes against its provinciality and poverty. Indeed it is the tension between Slim’s sense of identity as a Georgian and his longing to escape Georgia (he is constantly writing letters to Hillary Clinton) that ignites the novel, which takes him from his tiny rural village to San Francisco, a place that in its liberal pieties, proves to be as, if not more, provincial than the one he fled.
PRAISE FOR WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY
“A triumphant, sustained comic performance.”— Norman Rush, author of Subtle Bodies
“Waiting for the Electricity is a wildly original and ambitious debut, a novel that tackles cultural clashes with satirical hilarity. I haven’t read a first novel this promising since The Confederacy of Dunces.” — Jill Ciment, author of Heroic Measures
“Endearing and dryly hilarious.”—Wall Street Journal
“Seamlessly inventive and enchanting.”—The Rumpus
“Richly, often blissfully comic…I would happily read as much of [the novel] as Nichol could have been persuaded to write.” —Literary Review
“Nichol has written a laugh-out-loud funny picaresque novel about post-Soviet Georgia. Sound unlikely? Just dive in.”—Reader's Digest