This is the second novel from this Irish author, a fresh voice that uses her prose to define modern life. The story is centred around Connell and Marianne and their on-off relationship, following them from their teenage days in Sligo to University in Dublin. There are differences in status, Marianne lives in a ‘white mansion with a driveway’ and Connell’s mother is the cleaner. Rooney has a talent for crafting believable dialogue and interaction which makes the intimacy and awkwardness of the main characters authentic. This is not a novel to read for pure entertainment, more for an intimate observation of millennial life.
Published by Faber and Faber