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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Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.

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. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a 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.


 

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. 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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