"via McMahon, Rooney's peerless descriptions imprint upon the mind's eye. The listener won't soon forget a silk blouse caressed like a pet, freckled arms made pink by the sun, the coast of Ireland at nightfall, or the forgiveness of a best friend. A hopeful Millennial journey shines through McMahon's performance." -- AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award Winner
Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends.
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?
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Epigraph from ‘My Vocation,’ by Natalia Ginzburg, from The Little Virtues. Copyright © 1962, 1966, 1972, 1984, 1998, 2012 and 2015 Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., Torino. Originally published in Italian as Le Piccole Virtù. Translation copyright © 1985 Dick Davis. First published in Great Britain in 1985 by Carcanet, Manchester.
Excerpt from ‘How to Get There,’ by Frank O’Hara, from Lunch Poems. Copyright © 1964 by Frank O’Hara. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC, on behalf of City Lights Books, citylights.com. All rights reserved.
Excerpt from Within a Budding Grove, by Marcel Proust, translated by C. K. Scott Moncrieff, The Modern Library, New York, copyright 1924
Excerpt from The Waste Land, first published in 1922; copyright the Estate of T. S. Eliot. Reproduced by permission of Faber & Faber Ltd.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Few authors capture the twentysomething experience in all its joyful, messy glory like best-selling Irish author Sally Rooney (Normal People). Her third novel follows highly intellectual best friends Alice and Eileen as they navigate their politics, insecurities, and love lives via lengthy and emotional emails. We loved getting to know these two relatable heroines and getting wrapped up in their personal and professional entanglements. Alice, a successful writer, meets a gruff yet charming warehouse worker on a dating app and brings him to Rome on a whim. Eileen struggles with a humdrum job at a literary journal and a not-so-platonic relationship with her childhood best friend. So many of Alice’s and Eileen’s experiences hit home, from stalking an ex to dropping an “I love you” with someone who doesn’t feel the same. Narrator Aoife McMahon’s varied Irish accents only make the experience more real—and more charming. So put in your earbuds, press play, and get ready to cringe and cheer for Rooney’s complex, lovable characters.