By Nick Hornby
Annie kinda loves Duncan. Duncan kinda loves Annie. But do you know who Duncan loves more? Tucker Crowe.
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.
Annie thinks she loves Duncan. Duncan kinda loves Annie. Duncan and Annie have a “passive relationship.” Duncan also loves musician Tucker Crowe (not “love love” but loves as in is obsessed with his past music, career, life, etc. – ya follow?). Tucker Crowe hasn’t been seen in public nor played music in like 25 years. Annie knocks Tucker Crowe’s newest album – Duncan is devastated by this opinion – Tucker Crowe messages her about it – and thus begins our story.
This is a delightful tale about second chances, following your dreams (and sometimes semi-stalking a famous person), and some really great music.
I also HIGHLY recommend the movie. I wasn’t a fan of Duncan in the book but Duncan as played by Chris O’Dowd?? I now adore his character.
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Riverhead Books; 7 September 2010; 406 pages; Fiction