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High Fidelity by Nick Hornby is set in London The main character is Rob Fleming a man in his thirties He doesnt really stand out in any way he is not good-looking but not ugly either he runs a record-shop called Championship Vinyl and is devoted to music He owns thousands of records The story starts with his girlfriend Laura moving out one Monday night He tries to convince himself that he is ok smokes a cigarette and goes to work He works with Barry and Dick who are like him they dont have friends and they just hang out at the shop because they have nothing better to do They are the only friends Rob has been keeping up with since he started going out with Laura theyve been seeing her friends They are by no means close and he doesnt tell them about Laura leaving before he snaps at Barry for making fun of his life Rob tries to get on with his life but he misses Laura and it doesnt help that his mother is taking it so hard Rob meets up with their mutual friend Liz who blurts that she doesnt think much of this Ray who Laura is living with now Rob figures out that Laura has moved in with their ex-next-door neighbour and starts harassing them by phone and goes to see where he lives At the same time Rob meets an American singer Marie LaSalle develops a crush on her and sleeps with her They manage to stay friends and Rob Marie Dick and Barry go to gigs together He still isnt over Laura but even Liz is angry at him when she finds out that he cheated on Laura while she was pregnant he didnt know it at the time and when he told her she decided to have an abortion He had also told Laura that he might be on the lookout for something
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