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State of the Union: A Marriage in Ten Parts | Nick Hornby
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A heartbreaking, funny, and honest look inside of a marriage falling apart and the lengths a couple would go to in order to fix it from the bestselling author of About a Boy and High Fidelity. "Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent, and emotionally generous all at once." - The New York Times Book Review Tom and Louise meet in a pub before their couple's therapy appointment. Married for years, they thought they had a stable home life--until a recent incident pushed them to the brink. Going to therapy seemed like the perfect solution. But over drinks before their appointment, they begin to wonder: what if marriage is like a computer? What if you take it apart to see what's in there, but then you're left with a million pieces? Unfolding in the minutes before their weekly therapy sessions, the ten-chapter conversation that ensues is witty and moving, forcing them to look at their marriage--and, for the first time in a long time, at each other.
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Denisereads75
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This short story by Nick Hornby was perfect fit for this genre. It centers around a couple who have been married for a while and who are attending marital counseling. ⁣
The story is 10 chapters long equaling 10 weeks in their lives. The book is short, less than 200 pages and it was a quick and easy read. This is the first Nick Hornby novel I have read but not the last.⁣

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KarenUK
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#AugustWrapUp
Franny & Zooey and State of the Union were my favorites, and mostly enjoyed everything else....
9 total, 3 non fiction, 2 on audio.
The McEwan was a re-read for my book club this month, and led to a fantastic discussion....

Crazeedi Nice!!👏👏 2mo
Lcsmcat My book club read the McEwan a while back. It was a good discussion book for our group too. 2mo
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Jacobwakeup
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Get out of my head, Hornby. Get out of my head.

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KarenUK
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Nobody does dialogue like Nick Hornby! Warm, funny, petty, silly and real.
It‘s a simple little book that made me laugh out loud, but also a little sad (just like real life I guess). For 10 weeks, Tom and Louise meet for a little ‘Dutch courage‘ each week at a pub, across the street from their marriage counseling sessions. We see glimpses of both the cracks in their relationship and the glue that holds them together. A perfect one sitting read.💕

Blaire Nice. I‘m in need of a one sitting read. 3mo
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KarenUK
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“Well. I don‘t see passion as petrol. Something that runs out. I see it as more like, I don‘t know, something you lose. Like keys.” He picks up the pen he‘s using to do the crossword and waves it around. “Or this biro.” “Keys get found. Biros don‘t. So it‘s important for me to know which it is.” Tom doesn‘t say anything. “Keys? Or a biro?” Tom doesn‘t say anything. Louise is getting angry. “Come on...Keys or a biro!?”

Love Nick Hornby‘s humor! 😂

CarolynM I adored this! Watched it straight through. 3mo
KarenUK I don‘t have Showtime so not sure when I‘m going to get to see it, but I‘m loving the book! 😊👍 @CarolynM 3mo
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Purrfectpages
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This was a surprisingly brief book that read like a play. It examines the difficulties in a modern marriage with lots of self deprecating humor, as Hornby is known for. What held me back from loving it was how neurotic the characters were and how little we actually got to dive into their marriage, due to the book‘s short length. It felt like a missed opportunity for Hornby to tackle a common tale with more attention and depth.

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Purrfectpages
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I‘m always down for some good Nick Hornby so I‘m tackling this next. Just found out it was a TV show though. Anyone ever watch it? #litsyatoz #letters

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Aaronlisa
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I read this between July 8 & 16 and gave it 3.5 ⭐️ on Good Reads. It was an interesting read as it is about a couple who is going to marital counselling. Each chapter takes place before their session. I enjoyed Hornby‘s writing.

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Jas16
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When I learned that Nick Hornby had a new book coming out I was excited. When I learned that it was only 144 pages my excitement dimmed and I moved it from my list of books to buy to my list of books to borrow. Silly me. Told over 10 weeks when a couple meets for drinks before their couples counseling session, this slim volume gives you an intimate, but humorous, glimpse into a marriage at a crossroad. I really want to see the Sundance show now.

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