Synopses & Reviews
Now a major motion picture from Touchstone Pictures.
Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films (Reservoir Dogs...); top five Elvis Costello songs ("Alison"...); top five episodes of Cheers (the one where Woody sang his stupid song to Kelly...). Rob tries dating a singer whose rendition of "Baby, I Love Your Way" makes him cry. But maybe it's just that he's always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think (awful as it sounds) that life as an episode of thirtysomething, with all the kids and marriages and barbecues and k.d. lang CD's that this implies, might not be so bad.
"Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision...that you'll find yourself nodding and smiling....High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve than anything you can recall." Mark Jolly, The New York Times Book Review
"High Fidelity is about love, and about the ways in which music (and film, books, and art) affect our experiences of real-life love....Although [it] is a trip through territory that in real life is mundane, depressing, and trite...the novel is anything but." Molly Gould, San Francisco Review of Books
"Hornby's seamless prose and offhand humor make for one hilarious set piece after another, as suffering, self-centered Rob ruminates on women, and Abbey Road. But then he's forced to consider loneliness, fitting-in, death, and failure and that is what lingers." Spin
"Made me laugh out loud more than any book I can remember. Hornby writes like Martin Amis with a heart or Roddy Doyle with an unfeasibly large record collection." Tony Parsons, Daily Telegraph (London)
"It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music." The New Yorker
In this funny, contemporary first novel, a young pop music junkie finds that his myriad diversions after the breakup with his longtime girlfriend are not as entertaining as he thought they would be. Became a major film from Touchstone Pictures starring John Cusack, Jack Black, and Lisa Bonet.
About the Author
Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good, High Fidelity, About a Boy, and A Long Way Down, as well as the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the editor of the short story collection Speaking with the Angel. The recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award for 1999 as well as the 2003 Orange Word International Writers’ London Award, he lives in North London.