High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101147351
  • 352 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


Rob is a pop music junkie who runs his own semi-failing record store. His girlfriend, Laura, has just left him for the guy upstairs, and Rob is both miserable and relieved. After all, could he have spent his life with someone who has a bad record collection? Rob seeks refuge in the company of the offbeat clerks at his store, who endlessly review their top five films; top five Elvis Costello songs; top five episodes of Cheers.

Rob tries dating a singer, but maybe it’s just that he’s always wanted to sleep with someone who has a record contract. Then he sees Laura again. And Rob begins to think that life with kids, marriage, barbecues, and soft rock CDs might not be so bad. 
High Fidelity

High Fidelity

Nick Hornby


Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner
New York Times Notable Book – winner


“As funny, compulsive and contemporary a first novel as you could wish for.”&#151GQ

“One of the top ten books of the year.”&#151Entertainment Weekly

“It is rare that a book so hilarious is also so sharp about sex and manliness, memory and music.”&#151The New Yorker

“Mr. Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you’ll find yourself nodding and smiling. High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation that you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve and depth than anything you can recall.”&#151The New York Times Book Review

“Hornby’s seamless prose and offhand humor make for one hilarious set piece after another, as suffering, self-centered Rob ruminates on women, sex, and Abbey Road. But then he’s forced to consider loneliness, fitting-in, death, and failure&#151and that is what lingers.”&#151Spin

“Keep this book away from your girlfriend&#151it contains too many of your secrets to let it fall into the wrong hands.”&#151Details

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