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Nick Hornby knows exactly how to write the kind of novel that catches the attention of film producers everywhere. High FidelityAbout a Boy, Fever Pitch, and Brooklyn Whatever have all taken the leap from print to camera.

Juliet, Naked, Hornby’s 2009 romance comedy novel about a washed up singer-songwriter chasing fame well after his career peaks will soon receive its film adaptation, and Emmy award winning comedy mastermind Judd Apatow (Girls, Trainwreck, Freaks and Geeks) has just signed on as the film’s producer. Jesse Peretz will direct the film, while Kate Winslet has previously been announced as one of its lead stars.

 

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Book synopsis: 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.

 

If you’re looking for a good read, you can find Juliet, Naked here.

 

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