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 worry about sex and friendship 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?
The author of the novels Conversations with Friends, Normal People and Beautiful World, Where Are You. She was the winner of the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. Normal People (‘the literary phenomenon of the decade’, Guardian) was the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019, won the Costa Novel of the Year 2018 and the Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award 2019. Sally Rooney co-wrote the television adaptation of Normal People which was broadcast on the BBC in 2020.
‘A tour de force. The dialogue never falters, and the prose burns up the page.’
‘Rooney’s strongest writing thus far . . . There is a touching honesty and truthfulness in these pages, along with a quiet brilliance.’
‘The book moved me to tears more than once . . . Rooney’s best novel.’
‘Rooney’s best novel yet. Funny and smart, full of sex and love and people doing their best to connect.’
Brandon Taylor, NEW YORK TIMES
‘Written with immense skill and illuminated by an endlessly incisive intelligence.’
‘Beautiful World, Where Are You is not just worth reading. It’s worth thinking about.’
‘Brilliantly done: gripping, steamy, unbearably sad.’