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A Long Way Down - Nick Hornby
A Long Way Down
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In his fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a... show more
In his fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year's Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper's House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives. In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances. Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594481932 (1594481938)
ASIN: 1594481938
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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XOX
XOX rated it
4.0 Looking at life at the point of death
The story started off with the main characters all choose to end their lives on the same night, on the same roof. Here is looking at life at the point that you wanted to end it. While I respect people deciding to off themselves. It is the writer's wish to save these characters by inventing stu...
Reading Junkie
Reading Junkie rated it
3.0 Interesting idea, but didn't really come together
I really liked the idea of this book - four very different people meet on a roof top where they've all gone to commit suicide, end up talking to each other, and forming a group. The book follows what happens next - do they all make it or do one or more of them return to the roof to finish what they...
TCWriter
TCWriter rated it
4.0 A Long Way Down
Long Way Down is an odd book, but as is typical of Hornby's work, it's engrossing and brilliantly written. It begins on the roof of a building, where four people - intent on committing suicide by throwing themselves off - have run into each other. Rather than jump (which would make for a short novel...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
3.0 A long way Down
Four people meet on the top of a notorious building for suicides and convince each other that really living is a better bet. I've read other Nick Hornby's and enjoyed them this was readable but not spectacular and really I didn't care at the end what happened to anyone other than Margaret. I reall...
Ana V.
Ana V. rated it
4.0 A Long Way Down
The second book in a row I read of Hornby's work, and the second one in order of liking. I liked his High Fidelity work some more, thus the 5 star rating on that one and the 4 star on this one. The writing is beautiful. I really dig his style. I find him to be a nice blend between a few other author...
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