I started reading this book on vacation and I finished it tonight, and it’s fantastic. Or, as the Brits would say, brilliant. It starts off with a premise as brilliant as any I can remember, and I’m a huge fan of great premises: Four people (3 Brits and an American), on New Year’s Eve, each separately climb to the roof of a building in London to jump off. Which is a freaking brilliant premise. Think of the possibilities!
And Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About A Boy) delivers on the premise with a novel that’s dark, funny, and, above all, an affirmation of life and the human condition and all of its foibles. Without giving too much away – because I know you’re all going to rush out and buy it tomorrow – there are little surprises all over the book and you’ll find yourself alternately cringing and laughing, at times on the same page. It’s a great read.