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Publisher's Summary

Frances is a 21-year-old college student in Dublin; she performs at spoken word events with her best friend and ex-lover, Bobbi. When they are profiled by journalist Melissa, they enter an orbit of beautiful houses and raucous dinner parties. Initially unimpressed, Frances begins an affair with Nick, Melissa's husband, which gives way to an unexpected intimacy. Desperate to reconcile her desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a disorienting way of living from moment to moment.

©2017 Sally Rooney (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Forensically smart and pin-sharp witty, this is a book to cherish and a writer to fall in love with." (Thomas Morris, author of We Don't Know What We're Doing)

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Like a Japanese restaurant without sushi.

A story keeping you alert to the end. Unusual good dialogue. So many writers fails there! I loved that it stuck to one singular theme, without to much surroundings, descriptions or flashing topics semi-relevant to the core of the story.

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  • Rachel McNeice
  • 02-06-18

Best character development I have read in a long time

An honest, modern depiction of how non-binary relationships are. Couldn’t stop listening and will have a real hole in my audio-life where these characters were!

The narration is so melodically Irish and a perfect cast for Frances’ voice I think.

Will read again, and probably something different away each time.

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  • JennyB
  • 03-09-18

Easy read; hard to swallow.

I really enjoyed this book despite finding almost every character irritating. I guess hats part of the point; none of them (or us) are supposed to be perfect. The political diatribe is a bit much to take though. Having said that, it reminded me of how I felt in my early twenties attending university - like I had to have strong opinions on everything. I think Rooney captures how complicated relationships can be and how hard it is to really know who you are.

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  • Ruben
  • 01-16-18

well written

I liked it a lot, the story is good, the characters are peculiar and young but believable, and the thing I liked most was the beautiful voice of the narrator.

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  • Crispin
  • 08-06-17

Jilly Cooper working for Mills and Boon

I bought this as 'Single, Carefree Mellow' was intelligent and funny and this book appeared under the 'customers also bought' section in the recommendations. This book is neither. The heroine is a 21 year old virgin who has an affair with a man who is tall, wealthy (but is a marxist), devastatingly handsome, saintly and loves babies! His wife is conveniently a bitch (not that he would think of her like that) who had had several affairs (he hasn't had any of course) and who works away from home.
I gave up at that point as by continuing I might regurgitate breakfast. I really hope this is supposed to be satire, but suspect not.

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  • B. Buckley
  • 09-18-18

Compelling portrait of a woman, unaware

Completely absorbed by this modern tale of a socially, emotionally naive woman exploited by people masquerading as friends. Would have preferred a more satisfying ending. Exceptional writing.

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  • Bee
  • 09-04-18

A Well Written Story...

of a bunch of self-absorbed creative types. Didn't like any of the characters apart from the long suffering mum and not all that much happens but the writing is so good you can feel yourself present at the dinner parties slurping the wine and boring on.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-23-18

Try hard drivel

I can’t believe this book got such good reviews! It was painful to listen to.

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  • Ciara Ryan
  • 07-10-18

Excellently written story

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a good real life sounding love dynamic.... .. .

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  • Frances
  • 04-26-18

light and lovely - great pace and character depth.

I loved the pace and character development. nuanced, light whilst also helping me to think.

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  • Lisa Heledd Jones
  • 04-08-18

Read to the end

There were a few times in the first half where I was close to giving up on this, I found it took me a long while to invest in Frances and Bobbi. But once I was hooked I couldn’t stop listening - I did find some of the gratuitous name drops a bit painful (“as I turned the page of my Robert Fisk book”) but that’s a small price to pay for a beautifully crafted and engaging and exploratory piece on relationships and norms and rights and wrongs. I would heartily recommend, and have done already!

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