New novel from Normal People author Sally Rooney due this September

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 14, 2021

Sally Rooney's new novel has been announced, and it's coming out this year.

The third novel from Sally Rooney*, titled "Beautiful World, Where Are You", is hitting shelves later this year.

The Castlebar native has won a number of Irish and worldwide awards for her first two novels "Conversations with Friends" and "Normal People".

Following the lockdown success of the Normal People TV adaptation - in no small part thanks to Connell's chain - Conversations with Friends is also being made into a series. Hailed as a "Salinger for the Snapchat generation", she released her first book in 2017, Conversations with Friends, to rapturous critical acclaim. As novelist Alice meets a man called Felix and jets off to Rome with him, Eileen is going through a break-up in Dublin, and begins to flirt with her childhood friend, Simon. "The book scintillates with intelligence, empathy and, yes, beauty", Alex Bowler, publisher at Faber was quoted as saying in a report in The Guardian.

Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them.

'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?

Rooney was the editor of literary magazine the Stinging Fly in 2018 and a Cullman Centre Fellow at the New York Public Library from 2019 to 2020.

"Beautiful World, Where Are You" follows Alice and Eileen.

Similar to Normal People, the pair exchange emails about art, friendship, the world around them and "the complicated love affairs unfolding in their own lives".

"They say they want to see each other again soon".

Normal People was also the Waterstones Book of the Year, the Costa Novel Award victor, the An Post Irish Novel of the Year and the Encore Award victor and was longlisted for the Booker Prize and Women's Prize for Fiction. But what will happen when they do?'

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