How to Be Good

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Riverhead Books, 2002 - Fiction - 305 pages
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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.

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User Review  - eglinton - LibraryThing

Hornby's kindly treatment of our comfortable lives can't easily convey the nihilism of his theme, and the puzzled saintliness of his ethical rebels makes them seem unconvincing and weird. Similarly ... Read full review

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Nicholas Hornby is the philosopher-novelist every struggling English graduate wishes he were. Though he’s British (strike one) and insufferably upper-middle-class (strike two), he still manages to ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels (High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slamand Juliet, Naked) and several works of non-fiction including Fever Pitch,Songbook and Ten Years In The Tub, a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the Believer.His screenplay for the film An Education was nominated for an Academy Award. He lives in Highbury, north London.

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