Normal People (Paperback)Sally Rooney (author)
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Capturing the zeitgeist with all the skill and subtlety of her debut, Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney’s Normal People follows the intersecting story of Marianne and Connell as they navigate the changing landscape of their relationship into adulthood.
Marianne is the young, affluent, intellectual wallflower; Connell is the boy everyone likes, shadowed by his family’s reputation and poverty. Unlikely friends, and later lovers, their small town beginnings in rural Ireland are swiftly eclipsed by the heady worlds of student Dublin. Gradually their intense, mismatched love becomes a battleground of power, class, and the falsehoods they choose to believe.
Normal People is a tale of deceptive simplicity, a very accessible narrative of two seemingly mismatched young people who share a profound, inescapable understanding. Beyond that however is something properly universal, a study of how one person can forever shape and impact another. Marianne and Connell emerge almost shockingly real and deeply vulnerable in their different ways.
Sally Rooney has evolved into perhaps the most nuanced contemporary observer we have. Brimming with longing, regret and intimacy, Normal People is everything, as a culture, we need from our fiction. It is a story that is absolutely universal to us all, and it is brilliant.
"Normal People is fiction at its brightest and most inclusive in a universally relatable modern romance which has been a favourite amongst our booksellers and customers. Clever yet unpretentious, literary yet highly approachable, it is that rare gift of a novel which can be enjoyed by readers of all tastes." - Bea Carvalho, Waterstones Fiction Buyer
Winner of Waterstones Book of the Year 2018
Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for May 2019
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2018
Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize 2019
Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 229 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'Brings to mind everything from D.H. Lawrence to to Jane Austen. This will be a 21st-century classic.' - The Observer
‘Rooney... has undoubtedly delivered one of the best novels of the year’ - The Express
'Generous, expansive and explicit… unashamedly romanic, but in the most rapturously contemporary sense.' - The Observer
‘Rooney, who has a superb eye for the finer details of human relationships, has undoubtedly delivered one of the best novels of the year’ - The Express
'The best novel published this year.' - The Times
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After reading ‘ Conversations with Friends ‘ , I become great fan of Sally Rooney’s writing.
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Reading, “Conversations with Friends,” I was fascinated to see an author cleverly observe close friendships.
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This will probably be the last book I read from this year's longlist (unless Snap or Sabrina are shortlisted). I have been hearing great things about Sally Rooney since her name got a number of glowing... More
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