Irish author Sally Rooney tells a provocative story about young lovers in her award-winning new novel, Normal People.
Marianne is an odd duck in high school, but she and star athlete Connell develop an unusual friendship in spite of their differences. It’s a little weird that his mother is her mother’s housekeeper. It’s complicated that Connell is popular, and Marianne is not. How will their friendship play out, in high school and college and beyond? Things are different once they get to university in Dublin. Each of them is growing up, trying to find their place in the world, trying to fit in. You may not be 18 or 20 when you’re reading this book, but this novel feels relevant – I think – at any age. It asks hard questions about what we owe each other, and who we become, and why. Does anyone ever feel normal? Normal People is on bestseller lists in the US and the UK and won this year’s Costa Prize; Sally Rooney is the youngest author ever to win it. Continue reading →