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‘This novel,’ remarked the Daily Mail, ‘is the best I’ve read on what it means to be young and female right now.’ Bobbi and Frances; sometime friends, sometime lovers, two young students now on summer sojourn from Trinity College Dublin. Their equilibrium is suddenly knocked from its axis by photographer Melissa and her actor husband Nick. Two abruptly become four, Bobbi drawn to Melissa, Frances caught in the orbit of the older man; Conversations with Friends is the document of the aftermath.
Sally Rooney’s shrewd, wickedly funny debut scored her the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Prize 2017 and the mantle as the fresh voice of the millennial generation.
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A chair, a table, a lamp. Above, on the white ceiling, a relief ornament in the shape of a wreath, and in the centre of it a blank space, plastered over, like the place in a face where the eye has been taken out. There must have been a chandelier, once. They’ve removed anything you could tie a rope to.
Offred lives in The Republic of Gilead, to some a utopian vision of the future, a place of safety, a place where everyone has a purpose, a function. But The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed.
If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.
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