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Funny Girl: A Novel

Hornby, Nick

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ISBN 10: 1594205418 / ISBN 13: 9781594205415
Published by Riverhead Books, 2015
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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New York: Riverhead Books, 2015. Hardcover. First American edition, first printing. Signed by Hornby on the title page. A lovely copy of Hornby's latest novel. Fine in like dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 15030031OFFFH44HO

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Title: Funny Girl: A Novel

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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<b>A brilliant novel from the bestselling author of&nbsp;<i>High Fidelity</i>,&nbsp;<i>About a Boy</i>, and&nbsp;<i>A Long Way Down.<br /><br /></i></b> Set in 1960's London,&nbsp;<i>Funny Girl&nbsp;</i>is a lively&nbsp;account of&nbsp;the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from&nbsp;provincial ing&eacute;nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters. Insightful and&nbsp;humorous, Nick Hornby's latest does what he does best: endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed, and forces us to examine ourselves in the process.


<p><strong>An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2015:</strong> No, Nick Hornby&#x2019;s latest is not a retelling of the story made famous by the old Barbara Streisand movie called Funny Girl &#x2013; but the allusion to pop culture of the 1960s in this delightful novel is not coincidental. On the surface, this Funny Girl is about a working class English girl who comes of age as a TV star in the days of Carnaby Street, the Beatles, and the musical Hair; what it&#x2019;s also about is the way the world turned over for everybody &#x2013; but especially actors and writers -- in that explosive era. Sophie Straw is the gorgeous girl from Blackpool who, like Lucille Ball (to whom Hornby slyly introduces the starstruck Sophie in a late scene), is originally deemed too pretty to be funny; like Ball, she manages through wit, decency and pratfall to become her nation&#x2019;s sweetheart. She&#x2019;s a great character, and readers &#x2013; like everyone in swinging London &#x2013; will love her. But if Sophie is the star, the rest of the population here &#x2013; the hilariously narcissistic lover/co-star, the director who pines for Sophie for years, and, my favorite, the writers who give her her vehicles &#x2013; are exceptional supporting players. And Hornby, who was a bit of a pop culture wunderkind himself, is wise about the way artists&#x2019; (especially writers&#x2019;) careers morph and change, and what it&#x2019;s like to define a cultural moment and then watch yourself live past it. <i>-- Sara Nelson </i></p>

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