Juliet, Naked: Book summary and reviews of Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked

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By Nick Hornby

Juliet, Naked
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2009,
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Annie loves Duncan—or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn’t. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music ten years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life.

In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a 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 and artistic ruin—his young son, Jackson. But then there's also the new material he's about to release to the world: an acoustic, stripped-down version of his greatest album, Juliet—entitled, Juliet, Naked.

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.

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"Fans of High Fidelity, perhaps Hornby's most popular book, will enjoy this related take on the lives of the musically obsessed. A wise, witty, and bittersweet novel." - Booklist

"Hornby narrowly avoids a schmultzfest but leaves readers with too many questions...The author's deft humor is mostly absent...." - Library Journal

"Few can match the muted humor, lingering poignancy and depth with which Hornby limns his forgivably human characters." - Kirkus Reviews

"Pick of the Week" - Publishers Weekly

"A more treacly writer than Mr. Hornby would engineer new happiness for…these characters. But in its diffident way, Juliet, Naked is as candid as the unplugged music on 'Naked.' It knows its characters too well to lie about them." - The New York Times - Janet Maslin

"Nick Hornby's charming new novel about love and music, sounds like a song we've heard before, but who's complaining? After all, we always expect Bruce Springsteen to sound like Bruce Springsteen, and we want him to play 'Glory Days' over and over again. In the same spirit, Juliet, Naked echoes the melodies we know from High Fidelity, Hornby's breakout novel…about a lovelorn music fanatic. Nobody captures the zealous devotion and bizarre intensity of amateur music snobs better…He gently satirizes rockaphiles in a way that only endears him to them, and though this new novel will appeal to a broad audience for romantic comedy, anyone with a fading poster of Van Morrison will hum along, too." - The Washington Post - Ron Charles

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Nick Hornby Author Biography

Nick Hornby is the author of the novels How to Be Good (a New York Times bestseller), High Fidelity, About a Boy and A Long Way Down, and of the memoir Fever Pitch. He is also the author of Songbook, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and editor of 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 Orange Word International Writers London Award 2003.

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