Exciting Times (Hardback)Naoise Dolan (author)
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Psychologically astute and dryly funny, Exciting Times delivers an enthralling dissection of love, commitment, power and privilege in the international circles of contemporary Hong Kong.
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2020
Shortlisted for the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award 2020
Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.
Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than 'I like you a great deal'.
Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to.
And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong... Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?
Politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny, Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love. In stylish, uncluttered prose, Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life-and announces herself as a singular new voice.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 407 g
Dimensions: 218 x 138 x 30 mm
‘It makes for super pith, but adds up to a hail of parting shots, from which Dolan never fails to score… Still, comedy thrives on the outré. There’s something to dislike in every scene, but Exciting Times is constant, breezy fun.’ – The Sunday Telegraph
‘Dolan… provides an effervescent snapshot of millennial, attachment-avoidant dating while weaving in a succession of cracking one-liners and some sharp observations on class, national identity and the oddities of the English language.’ - The Mail
'Exciting Times, which was acquired in a seven-way bidding war, more than lives up to the hype ... It teems with insight around class, race, language and sexuality. Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives.' - Irish Times
'Read if you like Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.' - Sunday Times Style
'Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, Exciting Times announces an impressive new voice in literature.' - Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall
'A love story about three expats in Hong Kong - teacher Ava, banker Julian, and the alluring Edith - and explores the nuances and uncertainties of modern love.' - Cosmopolitan, 'Best Books of 2020'
'A funny, smart and sensitive exploration of love, privilege and bisexuality that had me gripped from the first page. Dolan's sentences are like a splash of cold water to the face in the best possible way.' - Clare Fisher, author of How the Light Gets In
'This debut from Dolan explores a love affair between an English teacher and a banker in Hong Kong and the lawyer who blows the whole thing sky-high. Definitely one to watch.' - Stylist, 'Best new books for 2020'
'Half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living - and guaranteed to please.' - Vogue, 'Books We Cant Wait to Read in 2020'
'Devastatingly perceptive and articulate in every sentence. Whenever I wasn't reading it I was worrying about the characters as if they were people I knew. It's a joy to encounter a book so compulsively readable and painfully funny while simultaneously deeply insightful on love, on sexuality, on social class, on their links as terribly inextricable in the 21st century as they ever were. Dolan is a major talent and this is a formidable debut.' - Luke Kennard, author of The Transition
'A sharp, funny account of a contemporary relationship, told tenderly and with biting, bright insight.' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
'This is icily brilliant stuff. A poised and surgical examination of class, sex, language and self-making, with some flat-out enviable jokes.' - Paraic O'Donnell, author of The House on Vesper Sands
'Among the most hotly tipped debut authors for 2020.' - The Bookseller
'I have been obsessed with this debut novel from Naoise Dolan for the last few weeks. A hugely addictive voice and a compelling story. Brilliantly funny, surgically sharp, furiously political. Expect to hear lots about Exciting Times next year.' - Michael Hughes, author of Country
'Forensically brilliant - an elegant and painfully funny portrait of greed and hunger, love and indifference.' - Michelle Gallen, author of Big Girl, Small Town
'So wry, witty and insightful.' - Elizabeth Macneal, author of The Doll Factory
'Dolan's debut lives up to the hype, a hypnotic tale of a young Irish woman adrift in Hong Kong and caught between two very different relationships.' - The i newspaper
'2020 is set to be a huge year for Naoise Dolan.' - Irish Examiner
'Following the love triangle between three expats living in Hong Kong, Exciting Times dissects the financial and personal transactions that make up life.' - Platinum magazine
'We're really, um, excited about this sharp, smart debut.' - Red magazine
'Finance, sex, cynicism and unspoken feelings are swirled together in a can labelled 'Hong Kong' in this modern love triangle.' - Irish Independent
'Echoes of Sally Rooney's Conversations with Friends resound in this exacting debut novel.' - Oprah magazine'A sharp, witty debut.' - Stylist
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