Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
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From the beloved New York Times– bestselling author, a quintessential Nick Hornby tale of music, superfandom, and the truths and lies we tell ourselves about life and love.

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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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 August 28, 2009 by Riverhead Books. 417 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Annie can understand liking American singer-songwriter Tucker Crowe.

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The New York Times

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The acoustic “Juliet” consists of a set of old demo recordings and it quickly becomes known as “Naked,” whereas the famous, fully produced version is “Dressed.” Now for some plot engineering from Mr. Hornby: he prompts Annie to quietly write her own small online review of “Naked” while Duncan co...

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The New York Times

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Nick Hornby is again having fun with — making fun of — an obsessive music fan.

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The Guardian

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The aim of this article is to give Duncan a reality bite, but an unexpected email response comes from someone who shares her honest assessment: Tucker Crowe.

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The Guardian

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So when an advance copy of Juliet, Naked – an about-to-be-released CD of "solo acoustic demos of all the songs on the album, plus two new unreleased songs from the same session" – comes Duncan's way, he is transported to Crowe heaven.

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The Wall Street Journal

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Nick Hornby's novel "Juliet, Naked" is set in a fictional and downcast English seaside town called Gooleness, where we meet a fractious and downcast couple, Annie and Duncan.

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NPR

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Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby joins Fresh Air host Terry Gross to discuss his new novel, Juliet, Naked, and his screenplay for the new movie An Education.

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Book Reporter

“What hadn’t she done because she’d spent too much time with a boring, faithless nerd,” Annie muses, “apart from living the kind of life she’d wanted when she was twenty-five?” Annie is the curator of the Gooleness Seaside Museum, charged with mounting an exhibit to commemorate the highlights of ...

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The Globe and Mail

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In Nick Hornby's novel Juliet, Naked, the crown belongs instead to Juliet, the fifth release of the (fictional) American songwriter Tucker Crowe.

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AV Club

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The extent to which Duncan and Annie cling to their interests as self-definition extend to cringe-worthy lengths—as when Duncan struggles to make a good impression on his coworker by comparing her to The Wire—but an E.

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Entertainment Weekly

There are no great revelations — aside from the ones we expect the main characters to have, which are duly granted — but Hornby's clear-eyed affection for the gratifyingly human Annie (and her deeply flawed suitors) reads like the work of a man who is finally, happily all grown up.

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The Washington Post

"Juliet, Naked," Nick Hornby's charming new novel about love and music, sounds like a song we've heard before, but who's complaining?

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The Telegraph

No man is an iPod, entire of itself, although the kind of music obsessive that thinks he is, offered Nick Hornby a wonderful seam of delusion to exploit in the immensely successful how-men-are novel High Fidelity.

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Huffington Post

In his film review for the New Yorker, David Denby said Hornby's "dialogue is sharply etched," and the film's stars, Peter Sarsgaard and newbie, Carey Mulligan, have garnered impressive reviews.

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Pajiba

Since that time, however, Duncan — and a few other hard-core Crowelogists — have made a life out of their obsession with the artist, spending hours a day on a website devoted to Tucker Crowe, parsing his lyrics and speculating on Crowe’s whereabouts.

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