Conversations with Friends

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Publisher Description

FROM THE AUTHOR OF NORMAL PEOPLE

** NOW ON BBC THREE AND IPLAYER **

WINNER OF THE SUNDAY TIMES / PFD YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DYLAN THOMAS PRIZE 2018
SHORTLISTED FOR THE KERRY GROUP IRISH NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2018

SHORTLISTED FOR THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2018
LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2018
A SUNDAY TIMES, OBSERVER AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEAR

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 ménage-à-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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2017
25 May
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Faber & Faber
SIZE
716.3
KB

Customer Reviews

HenJames47 ,

Rooney’s first book is an interesting look at human relationships

Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut novel is an interesting book about the intricacies of human relationships.

She has repeated many similar themes in her subsequent books, for example Normal People and Beautiful World, Where Are You.

In the acknowledgements she states she took the inspiration for the work from talking to her own friends, and in particular Kate Oliver and Aoife Comey. Rooney has obviously drawn much from her own experiences while writing this. It is about college students in Dublin where Rooney also went to University.

The book is written from the perspective of the lead character, Frances Flynn, who is the narrator.

Rooney is very good at writing the dialogue between her characters in her books. They feel very natural and believable.

Frances writes in a text to her best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi that she is “not very emotional.” However, I would disagree with this. Frances may not show her emotions to her friends, but underneath the surface I believe she feels different events very deeply. I feel there is more to her than Bobbi, who, although is probably less naïve, could be described as superficial.

Throughout the book, Frances is thrown some difficult life situations to deal with, and they have an impact on her relationships. For Frances life is tricky and she has more to deal with than Bobbi.

Although I didn’t know how much sympathy to have with Frances for some of the choices she makes in her relationships. One of the routes she takes would probably always prove to be difficult.

An interesting read, but Rooney’s next work Normal People has a better pace.

Niccy1999994 ,

Briliant

A very easy but thoroughly engaging read!

beotra.m ,

Very enjoyable

I wasn’t too keen on the Normal People but this one sucked me right in and couldn’t really put it down.

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