Calling all Normal People fans...
Those still mourning the end of Normal People will be especially thrilled to learn of the news that the acclaimed Irish author will release her third novel, titled Beautiful World, Where Are You on September 2021.
It seems to start on familiar territory, following four young characters in Ireland (but slightly older this time as they near their thirties). The backdrop is no longer the grounds of Trinity as they navigate the pressures of work and relationships "against the backdrop of political turmoil and fears about their economic futures." They have more years gone by, their world is bigger now – their problems are more global and entrenched.
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. Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
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An extract from the publisher reveals that it's all we've come to love from Rooney, but no doubt she'll surprise.
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?
Faber acquired the novel as part of a two-book deal.
Something to look forward to as we await the TV adaptation of Conversations with Friends.
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