"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 Robs fears of what that commitment may lead to. He was right to be afraid!" Georgie Lewis, Powells.com
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Synopses & Reviews
How to Be Good
is a story for our times -- a humorous but uncompromising look at what it takes, in this day and age, to have the courage of our convictions. In his third novel, Nick Hornby, whom The New Yorker
named "the maestro of the male confessional," has reinvented himself as Katie --the consummate liberal, urban mom -- a doctor from North London whose world is being turned on its ear by the outrageous spiritual transformation of her husband, David.
How to Be Good has the ironic, funny, startlingly accurate take on our modern selves and our modern world that has become Hornby's turf as a chronicler of our popular culture -- but this time he tackles it all with more richness and depth, and carries his readers beyond the comic confines of the novel to a bigger truth about themselves. It's a story about how to wreck your marriage, how to help the homeless, how not to raise your kids, how to find religion...and how 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.