A Long Way Down

How can I describe Nick Hornby’s writing style? ummm…take that oddball friend in your social circle, the one with the weird and slightly dark sense of humor, add a whole lot of sarcasm, mix this with that guy who always makes terrible moments laughable and throw waaay too much pop-culture knowledge…now you’ve got a pretty good description.  That’s how I see and read Hornby.

Here’s the synopsis (from here):

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.

I liked this book. It was a ‘light’ read; surprisingly kept my mood light, given the topic that’s quite a feat. I’d say if you’re not easily offended and looking for a chuckle or two while looking at the depth of friendship, loneliness, and life as a whole pick it up.

Have you read it? What’s your take?


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