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 darkly observant. A college student in Dublin and aspiring writer, she works at a literary agency by day. At night, she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are profiled by Melissa, a well-known journalist, they enter an exotic orbit of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence.
Initially unimpressed, Frances finds herself embroiled in a risky ménage a quatre when she begins an affair with Nick, Melissa's actor husband. 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. But as Frances tries to keep control, her relationships increasingly unspool: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi.
Written with rare precision and probing intelligence, Conversations with Friends is exquisitely alive to the pleasures and inhibitions of youth.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Critics love this book. We love this book. We’re incredibly confident you’ll love this book. It’s one of those very rare debut novels: supremely confident without being showy, masterfully paced and full of delicious characters that feel like old friends (or enemies) by its conclusion. Frances is a detached, self-possessed student who performs spoken word poetry with best pal (and ex-school girlfriend) Bobbi. Suddenly plunged into Dublin’s literary scene, they become entangled with society couple Melissa—a thrill-seeking journalist—and her laconic actor husband Nick. The quartet’s wonderfully complex, intertwining dynamic becomes very dramatic very quickly and helps create a devilishly easy-to-devour study in human relationships.
Customer ReviewsSee All
I don’t know how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was very interestingly written, and sometimes the descriptions were a pleasure to read. However, I just feel that the story was a bit lacklustre, and that the ending had no sort of resolve? Maybe that’s just me.
Loved ‘normal people’ but didn’t love this book. Felt like the story never went anywhere which was a shame.
Conversation with friends
Expected this book to be better. Strong characters. The story just didn’t go anywhere. I kept thinking, hurry up and get to the point. It never did.