Normal People A Novel Author:Sally Rooney LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZE — A wondrous and wise coming-of-age love story from the celebrated author of Conversations with Friends — At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He?s popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud and intensely private. But when Connell comes... more » to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne?s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers?one they are determined to conceal.
A year later, they?re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.
Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.« less
Dublin. Marianne and Connell attend Trinity College and in a relationship. They are 2 complex characters and I could not invest myself in them but was interested to see what happens to them. In the end, they both knew they cared about each other but canât seem to get their act together. I felt let down. I enjoyed Rooneyâs writing and look forward to Conversations With Friends and would recommend this book to those who like coming of age stories.