Normal People

Normal People

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Longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize
Winner of Novel of the Year at the An Post Irish Book Awards
Shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Award

A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends

At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne's house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers--one they are determined to conceal.
A year later, they're both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.
Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.
Publisher: Crown/Archetype, 2019
ISBN: 9781984822178
1984822179
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER

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David... Hicks
Dec 04, 2018

Tedious, tedious, tedious.
I gave it half a star. Don't know what for.
Endless communication inadequacies.
Over & over & over. The same English inability to ask for what one wants.
Author shortlisted for a Dylan Thomas literature prize.
An insult to Dylan Thomas in my opinion ...

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Colleenita
Nov 19, 2018

Very absorbing, finely written, very perceptive about complex relationships, emotionally textured. Also interesting and subtle depiction of class in Ireland.

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