'Conversations With Friends' is a critically acclaimed coming-of-age novel about friendship and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century.
Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend.
When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex manage quatre.
But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.
Rick O'Shea discusses why 'Conversations With Friends' is one of his 'Must Reads'.
One of the most talked about Irish debuts in years, and rightly so. Frances is a 21-year-old college student in Dublin, Bobbi is her best friend and ex-girlfriend. At a poetry event they’re spotted by a well-known photographer Melissa and, later, meet her husband Nick, a moderately famous actor.
The book charts the following months where Frances and Nick grow closer and embark on an affair while her relationship with Bobbi grows more distant. There’s an amazing world of post-crash Irish writing in the last few years and Conversations With Friends is among the very best of it. It’s also a bang up to date take on that most readable of things – a good old-fashioned novel about middle-class people having affairs. I even welled up at the end. It’s a book you shouldn’t miss.
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Sally Rooney was born in 1991 in the West of Ireland, and lives in Dublin. She graduated from an MA at Trinity College and was ranked the number one competitive debater at the European Universities Debating Championships in 2013. Her work has appeared in Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry’s Stonecutter and The Winter Pages anthology. She is currently the editor of The Stinging Fly and her second novel Normal People is published later this year.
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