About a Boy
About a Boy
Riverhead Books, Paperback, 9781573229579, 307pp.
Publication Date: April 30, 2002
Will Freeman may have discovered the key to dating success: If the simple fact that they were single mothers meant that gorgeous women women who would not ordinarily look twice at Will might not only be willing, but enthusiastic about dating him, then he was really onto something. Single mothers bright, attractive, available women thousands of them, were all over London. He just had to find them.
SPAT: Single Parents Alone Together. It was a brilliant plan. And Will wasn't going to let the fact that he didn't have a child himself hold him back. A fictional two-year-old named Ned wouldn't be the first thing he'd invented. And it seems to go quite well at first, until he meets an actual twelve-year-old named Marcus, who is more than Will bargained for...
"A follow up to High Fidelity...About a Boy is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale...shrewdly hilarious."Entertainment Weekly
"Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once. He combines a skilled, intuitive appreciation for the rigors of comic structure with highly original insights about the way the enchantments of popular culture insinuate themselves into middle-class notions of romance."The New York Times Book Review
"The conversations between Will and Marcus are hilariously loopy."The Boston Globe
"An amusing male-bonding theme...stylish, well-observed"People
"Writing with real 'soul.'"Harper's Bazaar
"An utterly charming, picaresque tale of an older guy, a young kid, and the funky, dysfunctional real-life ties that bindand unbind."Vogue