““Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything,”
Another book that has taken TV watchers by storm is Normal People by Sally Rooney. I will admit that is how I was introduced to her last year in our global quarantine. I loved the show on Hulu which I believe is a great adaptation of the book. So, if you want more Marianne and Connell in your life; I’m starting my Sally Rooney post with a recommendation of Normal People right away.
Sally Rooney is an Irish author, poet, and screenwriter. Her first two novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People have been a commercial success. One already a television series, and the other on its way to becoming one. With only two novels, and one coming; she is considered one of the best millennial writers. Did I mention she has accomplished all of this by the age of thirty? If that’s not an inspirational female author kicking butt then I do not know what is. She also has quite a few works in short fiction, poetry, and essays if you are craving more Rooney in your life.
I am a Sally Rooney fan for how she creates normal people (was that a pun?) who are yet still very unique seen struggling with what can be intense problems that appear normal by her writing. (did that make sense?) Her writing really implies the idea of we all want to feel normal even though we appear normal to others, but are still rather our own amazing individuals. I also enjoy how she explores seemingly uneventful moments in life, and then makes them extraordinary in her writing. Events such as a dinner on a Saturday, email responses, drinking a cup of tea, or enjoying literature. Who wants to read a book about that as opposed to wizard and aliens battling it out right? I do. Especially if Sally Rooney is writing it. Sure, her characters can be flawed, but who isn’t? I read her books, and my boring life seems like it could be something fantastical. The fact that I write a blog on my oak desk surrounded by my collections of books and trinkets from adventures sipping on a chai tea latte just became a sensational beginning to a story instead of an act of daily life. I mean isn’t that what everyone wants to feel about their life? I think Rooney gives one the ability to start romanticizing their lives to then allow them to become even more happy with themselves. You want to feel you are unique and normal while reading a riveting story; go get a Sally Rooney novel.
Conversations With Friends
“Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed, and darkly observant. A college student and aspiring writer, she devotes herself to a life of the mind–and to the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi, her best friend and comrade-in-arms. Lovers at school, the two young women now perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin, where a journalist named Melissa spots their potential. Drawn into Melissa’s orbit, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband. Private property, Frances believes, is a cultural evil–and Nick, a bored actor who never quite lived up to his potential, looks like patriarchy made flesh. But however amusing their flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy neither of them expect. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi. Desperate to reconcile herself to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances’s intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment.”
Last, but not least, Sally Rooney has a new book coming out in September of this year. The new novel is called Beautiful World, Where Are You. Here is blurb from Goodreads to get you excited as me.
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?”