How To Be Good by Nick Hornby

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The novel's loose, episodic, occasionally ambling nature suggests that Hornby feels as indicted and confused by this sort of contradiction as his characters do, but in the end, How To Be Good is aided by the depth of his involvement.
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A wise and hilarious novel from the bestselling author of Funny Girl, High Fidelity, and About a Boy.

A brutally truthful, compassionate novel about the heart, mind, and soul of a woman who, confronted by her husband’s sudden and extreme spiritual conversion, is forced to learn “how to be good”—whatever that means, and for better or worse…

Katie Carr is a good person…sort of. For years her husband’s been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed. 

But now David’s changed. He’s become a good person, too—really good. He’s found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. Katie isn’t sure if this is deeply felt conversion, a brain tumor—or David’s most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she’s finding it more and more difficult to live with David—and with herself. 


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Nick Hornby

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The New Yorker" calls bestselling author Nick Hornby the maestro of the male confessional. His bestselling adult novels include" High Fidelity" and "About a Boy," both of which were made into highly successful movies. He lives in the UK.
 
Published April 30, 2002 by Riverhead Books. 324 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Keith Phipps on May 16 2017

The novel's loose, episodic, occasionally ambling nature suggests that Hornby feels as indicted and confused by this sort of contradiction as his characters do, but in the end, How To Be Good is aided by the depth of his involvement.

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