Thursday, November 12, 2009

Juliet Naked - Book #101

| Title |
Juliet Naked |
| Author |
Nick Hornby |
| Genre |Adult Fiction |
| Pages |406 |
| Publisher |
Riverhead Books |
| Copyright |2009 |

Synopsis (from web-site)

In a dreary seaside town in England, Annie loves Duncan—or thinks she does, because she always has. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t anymore. So Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.

She sparks an e-mail correspondence with Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanesque singer-songwriter who stopped making music twenty-two years ago, and who is also Duncan’s greatest 
obsession. A surprising 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, familial, and artistic ruin—his young son, Jackson. But then there’s also the material he’s about to release to the world, an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet, titled Juliet, Naked. And he’s just been summoned across the Atlantic with Jackson to face his multitude of ex-wives and children (both just discovered and formerly neglected), in the same country where his intriguing new Internet friend resides.

What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance? And miles away, a 
restless, childless woman looks for a change? Juliet, Naked is a powerfully engrossing, humblingly humorous novel about music, love, loneliness, and the struggle to live up to one’s promise.

Why I read ItLove Nick Hornby and have read all of his books.

The Good
It seems he is hitting a lot of his favorite topics – music and relationships. A fun story providing an inside look at a retired reclusive rock star and his obsessive and not so obsessive fans.

The Bad
What happens?? Hornby uses the open nonending so you are not quite sure what happens. I know what I want so I for me that is the ending I have imagined.

The Ugly (my opinion)
Another fun read from the master of romantic comedies for men. Well, he writes them from the man’s perspective which in itself is very unique. Great book for all you Hornby fans out there.

The Truth? (other reviews)
The Guardian
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post

Mormon Mentions

Author BiographyNick 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.

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