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Losing His Grip

Still, Hornby’s many devoted fans are unlikely to be put off by these shortcomings. They’ll be happy just to be back in his engaging company. When JJ declares that “I had wanted to kill myself, not because I hated living, but because I loved it,” they might be moved as if by a stirring rock ballad. I only wish it didn’t sound, to my ears, suspiciously like Lite FM.

A Long Way Down
by Nick Hornby.
Riverhead.
352 pages. $24.95.


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