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How to Be Goodby Nick Hornby
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"Hornby is adept at the humorous everyday observation, and there are enough wry grins to be found here. However, where his previous narrators have been hapless but not altogether hopeless, here Hornby is saying 'There are no happy endings, there is just making do.' Where Rob Fleming's (High Fidelity) progress is coming to terms with what it means to commit to a relationship, Katie and David appear to have lived out Rob?s fears of what that commitment may lead to. He was right to be afraid!" Georgie Lewis, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife....well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.
But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too — really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor — or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David — and with herself.
"Hornby is a very funny and very clever writer, and How to be Good is packed with wit and brilliance." The Spectator
"Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once." The New York Times Book Review
"For his third novel after the male-sympathetic High Fidelity and About a Boy, Hornby hasn't merely gotten in touch with his feminine side (though Katie's violent emotionalism, surgical introspection, and perverse romanticism are all on the mark); more importantly, via Katie he harrowingly portrays how ambivalence attacks the heart like a virus at mid-life....Readers will see themselves in all of Katie's flaws, especially her selfishness. But fear not, old-school Hornby fans, for this departure is expertly tempered with flecks of humor and pop culture references." Library Journal
"Another delightful comedy from Hornby....rendered with an entertaining mix of humor and delicately suggestive questioning....Just what does it mean to be 'good'?" Kirkus
"How To Be Good is replete with Hornby's trademark wisecracks, apercus, and put-downs. His incisive portrayal of a mad cleric who draws spiritual sustenance from the King and I soundtrack is a godsend, as is the transgenerational indictment: 'Cynicism is our shared common language, the Esperanto that actually caught on.' But in the end, this oddly retro novel is hamstrung..." Joe Queenan, The New York Times Review of Books
"Hilarious... a darkly funny and thought-provoking ride... The book examines what it means to be good to oneself, one's family and the world at large. While this could be sanctimonious fare, Hornby infuses it with wit and a sense of the absurd." USA Today
"A bitingly clever novel of ideas, on a subject almost no one else has written about.... How to Be Good leaves you not knowing whether to laugh or cry... [a] profound, worrying, hilarious, sophisticated, compulsive novel." The Sunday Times (London)
"Seriously spiked with humor... a page-turner." The Washington Post
"The pleasure of Hornby's amiably dyspeptic fiction lies in his sharp eye for the absurdities of contemporary culture.... The result is a farce that manages to be breezily hilarious and thought-provoking at the same time." New York magazine
"How to Be Good? How to be bloody marvelous, more like." The Mail on Sunday (UK)
Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.
But now David's changed. He's become a good person, tooreally good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumoror David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with Davidand with herself.
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy" comes a fearless and surprising novel of a modern marriage under the strain of trying to be "good."
About the Author
Nick Hornby is a graduate of Cambridge University, and a former teacher. He is the bestselling author of Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and the editor of the new anthology Speaking with the Angel. High Fidelity was made into a successful film. Hornby was the 1999 winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forester Award. He lives in north London.
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