Nick Hornby: Tessa Hallman
Lisa Levy
February 07, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Speaking With the Angel

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Roddy Doyle, Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, Patrick Marber, Zadie Smith, Irvine Welsh
publisher
Riverhead
genre
Short Stories, Fiction
We gave it an A

This short story collection edited by the author of ”High Fidelity” boasts a litany of hip writers: Zadie Smith (”White Teeth”), Irvine Welsh (”Trainspotting”), and Dave Eggers among them. Like Bono’s campaign to reduce Third World debt — Hornby’s comparison — Speaking With the Angel supports a worthy cause: the school Hornby’s autistic son attends. But there’s no need to buy this book for charity’s sake: Its quality is incentive enough. Standouts include Roddy Doyle’s ”The Slave” and playwright Patrick Marber’s ”Peter Shelley,” a perfect love story about a boy, a girl, and a Buzzcocks single told in the spirit of a punk song.

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