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Juliet, Nakedby Nick Hornby
Juliet, Naked is a warmhearted and surprising look at loneliness, regret, and redemption as seen through the story of Annie and Duncan — an unhappy couple of 15 years — and their connection to a reclusive ex-musician. In typical Hornby style, heavy subject matter is infused with levity and humor, and this latest novel is a quick, engaging read that shows the human capacity for reinvention.
"If High Fidelity was "Meet the Beatles," fresh and catchy, then Juliet, Naked is "Abbey Road," less fresh, more complex, but still rock 'n' roll to the ears of music fans." Mark Lindquist, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)
Synopses & Reviews
From the beloved New York Times- bestselling author, a quintessential Nick Hornby tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love.
Annie loves Duncan — or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.
In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got. Tucker's been languishing (and he's unnervingly aware of it), living in rural Pennsylvania with what he sees as his one hope for redemption amid a life of emotional and artistic ruin-his young son, Jackson. But then there's also the new material he's about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet — entitled, Juliet, Naked.
"Hornby's books are almost shamefully readable....his characters are always richly, sympathetically drawn....[Juliet, Naked is] tinged with despair, and though the ending offers little by way of hope, its bittersweet ambiguity lends it maturity." The New Yorker
"[M]arvelous characters and comic, charming moments — exactly why many readers will continue to love Hornby." Bookmarks Magazine
What happens when a washed-up musician looks for anther chance? And a childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one's promise.
Now in paperback-The New York Times bestselling novel of rock 'n roll, super fandom, and love, by the beloved author of About a Boy and High Fidelity.
Nick Hornby returns to his roots-music and messy relationships-in this funny and touching new novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption. Annie lives in a dull town on England's bleak east coast and is in a relationship with Duncan which mirrors the place; Tucker was once a brilliant songwriter and performer, who's gone into seclusion in rural America-or at least that's what his fans think. Duncan is obsessed with Tucker's work, to the point of derangement, and when Annie dares to go public on her dislike of his latest album, there are quite unexpected, life-changing consequences for all three.
Nick Hornby uses this intriguing canvas to explore why it is we so often let the early promise of relationships, ambition and indeed life evaporate. And he comes to some surprisingly optimistic conclusions about the struggle to live up to one's promise.
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From the beloved New York Times–bestselling author, a quintessential Nick Hornby tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love.
About the Author
Nick Hornby is the author of the novels A Long Way Down, Slam, How to Be Good, High Fidelity, and About a Boy, and the memoir Fever Pitch. He has also written Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Polysyllabic Spree, as well as edited the short-story collection Speaking with the Angel. He is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award and the 2003 Orange Word International Writers' London Award.
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