Rob is a record store owner in his mid-thirties, absolutely wild about lists. One of his infamous lists contains the names of Rob’s ex-girlfriends; dumped by Laura – his latest girl – at the beginning of the novel, Rob will review all his exes, to investigate what did not work.
The novel, in a humorous, easy-going style, tells the true story of a journey through rock and roll music, sex affairs, and nineties culture and will lead Rob and the reader to discover what matters: the redemptive power of music and love. Mixing self-deprecation, reflective irony, and a lot of good music – from Nirvana to Neil Young, Madonna, and The Rolling Stones – High Fidelity was a massive commercial and critical success when it was first published and still is nowadays. After being adapted into a movie directed by Stephen Frears (starring John Cusack) – High Fidelity has recently been rebooted with a female protagonist played by Zoe Kravitz and set in New York.