A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby)

A Long Way Down

Author: Nick Hornby
Project: Orpheusfleeting nature of happiness
Year of publication: 2006
Pages: 368
Goodreads: A Long Way Down


“Four people meeting each other on the rooftop of a building on New Year’s Eve. Different ages, different walks of life, different reasons, one shared purpose: suicide.” ~Rookreading




Meet Martin, JJ, Jess, and Maureen. Four people who come together on New Year’s Eve: a former TV talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother. Three are British, one is American. They encounter one another on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination famous as the last stop for those ready to end their lives.

In four distinct and riveting first-person voices, Nick Hornby tells a story of four individuals confronting the limits of choice, circumstance, and their own mortality. This is a tale of connections made and missed, punishing regrets, and the grace of second chances.

Intense, hilarious, provocative, and moving, A Long Way Down is a novel about suicide that is, surprisingly, full of life.


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