One of my favourite novelists in the world is Nick Hornby. When I saw our new theme "Heartreads" coming up, I knew the first book we were going to have to showcase would be one of his, probably High Fidelity. But instead, I've decided to go for a later novel of his, but one that returns to those same themes of love, loneliness, the gulf between the sexes, and how pop music provides the soundtrack to our lives.
"Does that help? Probably not, unless you are sane enough to believe that the truth about anyone is disappointing, the truth about me especially so."
- Juliet, Naked, by Nick Hornby
About the book:
Annie and Duncan fit together naturally, like jigsaw pieces, though Duncan's passionate obsession with Tucker Crowe, the reclusive, tortured-genius songwriter, has never left much time for anything more meaningful - marriage, kids, conversation about something other than Tucker Crowe and his disappearance after a mysterious incident in a nightclub toilet twenty years previously. In fact, she's starting to wonder whether she's wasted fifteen years on a bad relationship, stuck in a dull job in a dull town on England's bleak east coast.
When Tucker's record company suddenly issue a stripped-down version of his most famous album, Tucker's first release for decades, and Annie just can't see what's good about it, or at least what's better about it than the original, Duncan finds solace in bed with somebody else - and Annie is at last liberated to throw him out.
But worse is to follow for Duncan: it turns out that Annie is not alone in her opinion. After she posts a review on a fan website, she gets a response from a completely unlikely source. The correspondence which follows is doubly satisfying: it turns out that not only is Tucker an expert like her on years of wasted life, but she begins to realize what lies behind his long silence, something that Duncan would never be able to appreciate. And it certainly isn't an incident in a nightclub toilet . . . — From the publisher.
About the author:
Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist, essayist, lyricist, and screenwriter. He is best known for the novels High Fidelity and About a Boy, as well as for the football memoir Fever Pitch. His work frequently touches upon music, sport, and the aimless and obsessive natures of his protagonists. His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide as of 2009.— From Wikipedia.
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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading! Everyone is welcome to play!
How it works:
1. Grab a book from your collection
2. Select 2 sentences that make an interesting teaser (avoid spoilers please!)
3. Post the sentences, along with author and book title in the comments of this post