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Starred Review. Hornby returns to his roots: music, manic fandom and messy romance in his funny and touching latest, dancing between three perspectives on fame: a sycophantic scholar, an appreciative audience member, a fabled singer-songwriter who can't see what all the fuss is about. After cult musician Tucker Crowe vanished from the public eye 20 years ago, his small but devoted fan base built up a mythology around his oeuvre and the people and places associated with his storied life. Self-appointed Crowologist Duncan has indoctrinated his girlfriend, Annie, on the wonders of Tucker, but when Annie fails to recognize the genius of a newly released version of Crowe's classic album Juliet, their 15-year relationship quickly crumbles. Meanwhile, Duncan's glowing first review is increasingly de-bated, while Annie's deconstructive essay posted on the same Web site earns her a clandestine e-mail correspondence with the reclusive musician. Soon, their exchanges grow more personal; given that Tucker lives in an American backwater and Annie resides in a remote English town, both view their e-mails as a safe flirtation until the dissolution of Tucker's latest marriage and a crisis with one of his several neglected children brings him to Annie's side of the Atlantic. Through brisk dialogue and quick scene changes, Hornby highlights each character's misconceptions about his or her own life, and though Duncan, Annie and Tucker are consistently ridiculous and often self-destructive, they are portrayed with an extraordinary degree of sympathy. Tucker's status of Dylan by way of Salinger allows for an intriguing critique of celebrity fetishization and of the motives behind the eccentricity that comes along with fame. Obviously, this is a must-read for Hornby's fans, but it also works as a surprisingly thoughtful complement to the piles of musician bios and memoirs. (Sept.)
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Hornby’s books are almost shamefully readable. They can suffer from simplistic premises and too many corny jokes, but his characters are always richly, sympathetically drawn. In this novel of aging, love, and regret, Annie lives in a decaying seaside town in England, where her partner of convenience, Duncan, immerses himself in the esoterica of an obscure American singer-songwriter, Tucker Crowe, who quit the business twenty years earlier and hasn’t been heard from since. When Tucker releases a demo version of his most famous album, “Juliet,” Duncan’s and Annie’s divergent reactions (he loves it, she hates it) pull them apart. Through a series of entertaining if implausible events, Annie and Tucker strike up a friendship. The story is tinged with despair, and though the ending offers little by way of hope, its bittersweet ambiguity lends it maturity.See all Editorial Reviews
Sometimes I feel I'm a little too mean towards Hornby, but that's probably because in each of his increasingly terrible novels you see signs of the brilliance that probably... Read morePublished 10 days ago by brainiac
A book that is well written, entertaining and at a few times thoughtful, but mostly worth reading for its humor, wit, tongue and cheek nature and characters.Published 17 days ago by Corey
Nick Hornby remains my favorite author and never fails in making me laugh smile and feel empathy for his characters. A funny relatable read for all of us.Published 1 month ago by Matthew Koerner
“Juliet, Naked” is a satire of the cult like groups that form on the internet around obscure topics, and it is the story of a mid-life crisis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by algo41
I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to read another of Nick's books.Published 3 months ago by Kimberly Eaton
Simply stated, I was charmed by this book, a lovely little story with fabulous language, in which you can absolutely sympathize with all the characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nomi Redding
I always enjoy Nick Hornby's books. This one did not disappoint.Published 4 months ago by Judyann Allen
I love this book and it comes alive as an audio book! It's outrageous, and you will find yourself laughing out loud so many times you can't keep track. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer