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Juliet, Nakedby Nick Hornby
"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)
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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.
"Hornby's books are almost shamefully readable....
"[M]arvelous characters and comic, charming moments — exactly why many readers will continue to love Hornby." Bookmarks Magazine
"Juliet, Naked has all of the strengths readers expect from Hornby. It is funny. Despite the humorlessness of some of the characters, there are fine comic episodes, many of them courtesy of the sad losers who spend their time fantasizing about Tucker Crowe." The Denver Post
"By the end of...Nick Hornby's engaging and entertaining novel about a reclusive singer/songwriter, I wished I could download Tucker Crowe's albums. But for now, readers will just have to imagine the soundtrack." USA Today
"In between the delightful writing, spot-on comedy and incisive characterizations that mark Juliet, Naked, Hornby once again zeroes in on the age-old question: What do boy-men want?" Cleveland Plain Dealer
The New York Times-bestselling author of About a Boy and High Fidelity returns to his roots — music and messy relationships — in this funny and touching novel which thoughtfully and sympathetically looks at how lives can be wasted but how they are never beyond redemption.
This breakout novel from a brilliant stylist—dropping us into the life a female rock star—centers on that moment when we decide whether to go all-in or give up our dreams
“Ingeniously conceived . . . D’Erasmo is a gifted and skillful writer.” — New York Times
“Exquisite . . . Anna Brundage is so beautifully realized that I wanted to download her music on iTunes.” — Los Angeles Times
“D’Erasmo’s writing exhibits a life-and-death intimacy that grabs at us.” — USA Today
Anna Brundage is a rock star, tall and sexy, with a powerhouse voice and a shocking mane of red hair. She came out of nowhere, an instant indie sensation, but went down as fast as she went up, walking off the scene for seven years. Now forty-four, without a record deal or clamoring fans, she sells a piece of her famous father’s art to finance a new album and a European comeback tour. This may be her last chance to claim the life she’s struggled for, the life she’s not sure she can sustain. Anna falls easily back into the ways of the road — sex with strangers, the search for the perfect moment onstage. Wonderland is a riveting look at the life of a musician and the moving story of a woman’s unconventional path, and it is a glimpse of how it feels when a wish comes true.
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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