TIM THORNTON, THE ALTERNATIVE HERO

His British origins and obscure-music theme may recall Nick Hornby, but Tim Thornton focuses on the guy adrift and in love with his personal rock god—not some crazy, doe-eyed girl...

The Alternative Hero by Tim Thornton [Knopf, $25]

His British origins and obscure-music theme may recall Nick Hornby, but Tim Thornton focuses on the guy adrift and in love with his personal rock god—not some crazy, doe-eyed girl—laying down such rich nineties-alternative references that you wish the protagonist's hero wasn⿿t fictitious. Timothy Hodler

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