Goddamnit Sally Rooney! You did it again! As you probably know by now, Conversations with Friends, Rooney’s debut novel, is one of my favorite books of all time. Crown Publishing sent me an advance copy of Normal People a few months ago and I was saving it. I knew that after Normal People I wouldn’t have another Rooney novel to read any time soon. Now that I’ve read it, I have to wait for a new release (although I will read her short stories in the meantime) but that’s okay. Because now I know for sure that Sally Rooney is one of my favorite female contemporary voices.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2018, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018 and the winner of the 2017 Sunday Times/Peters Fraser Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award. And, let me just say Conversations with Friends is perhaps the best debut I've ever read in my life. It's brilliant and I can't wait to read Normal People which has been longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize and guess what? I am not surprised!