Conversations with Friends
Books | Fiction / Literary
NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • From the New York Times bestselling author of Normal People . . . “[A] cult-hit . . . [a] sharply realistic comedy of adultery and friendship.”—Entertainment Weekly SALLY ROONEY NAMED TO THE TIME 100 NEXT LIST • WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK) YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD • ONE OF BUZZFEED’S BEST BOOKS OF THE DECADE • ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Vogue, Slate • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: ElleFrances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into her world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and handsome husband, Nick. But however amusing Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it begins to give way to a strange—and then painful—intimacy.Written with gemlike precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD“Sharp, funny, thought-provoking . . . a really great portrait of two young women as they’re figuring out how to be adults.”—Celeste Ng, Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast“The dialogue is superb, as are the insights about communicating in the age of electronic devices. Rooney has a magical ability to write scenes of such verisimilitude that even when little happens they’re suspenseful.”—Curtis Sittenfeld, The Week“Rooney has the gift of imbuing everyday life with a sense of high stakes . . . a novel of delicious frictions.”—New York“A writer of rare confidence, with a lucid, exacting style . . . One wonderful aspect of Rooney’s consistently wonderful novel is the fierce clarity with which she examines the self-delusion that so often festers alongside presumed self-knowledge. . . . But Rooney’s natural power is as a psychological portraitist. She is acute and sophisticated about the workings of innocence; the protagonist of this novel about growing up has no idea just how much of it she has left to do.”—Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker“This book. This book. I read it in one day. I hear I’m not alone.”—Sarah Jessica Parker (Instagram)
Coming Of Age
Random House Publishing Group
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"as my first Sally Rooney novel, I was not expecting this. I had watched normal people before, and this felt like I was reading the show. The author has a talent of managing to make a main character you may not relate to extremely interesting and still addicting to read. The pull of this book is unique in that it seems very normal and just like drama in daily life that somehow has the speed and thrill of a fantasy or whodunit novel (half of which comes from the unpredictability of the mc and her self-sabotaging). it didn’t seem like it would be a book that I would be into, but I am thoroughly impressed. it’s not necessarily a book that I would read for the plot, but a book that I would read to experience a new writing style. "
"3.5/5 The first part of this book was so good I was about to finish in one night and then it part two dragged there was not a lot of character development the second half was honestly just depressing Sally Rooney does write such realistic story's that's after your done reading your kinda jusy stuck there like Um okay that was a little to real lol but she's definitely orginal in the way she writes "
"I found this book aggravating at best. The storyline is not one I would call a “modern-romance” and I found myself unable to support any of the 4 core characters. The ending was frustrating and overall I felt the characters lacked development. Plot and characters aside, I did enjoy the physical writing and verbiage itself. "
"Truly do not understand why this book is so hyped. Normalizing affairs, characters with too many flaws to pinpoint, and conversations with “friends” who have no interest in anything but their own well-being. I would not want to be any of these characters, and this book DRAGGED on to the point you just wanted to shake Francis and beg her to move far away from these crazies. "
"Enjoyed reading the book after watching the series"