Staff Pick

Sally Rooney's newest novel, Normal People (Hogarth, $26) is the delightfully frustrating story of Marianne and Connell, entrenched in a complicated relationship full of miscommunication over the course of four years. Rooney gracefully explores how our emotions age and mature with us in a modern coming-of-age story; but also present in the novel is astute observation of how class and social hierarchy inevitably intertwine with our relationships. Her language is deft and precise, her psychological insight unnerving, and her characters realistically complex and imperfect. She strikes us with her subtlety, but her intelligence remains an obvious presence on every page. Although Rooney has been dubbed the “millennial novelist,” this fiction can appeal to nearly anyone hungering for a rich, character-driven story about the irrevocable effects of intimacy and young love.

Normal People: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984822178
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Published: Hogarth - April 16th, 2019