Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.
“I realised my life would be full of mundane physical suffering, and that there was nothing special about it. Suffering wouldn’t make me special, and pretending not to suffer wouldn’t make me special. Talking about it, or even writing about it, would not transform the suffering into something useful.”
Normal People was the first novel that I’ve read by Sally Rooney. She was an author that wrote something that spoke deeply to me and I knew that I needed to read this. I’m still shocked that this was a debut novel because she wrote with fond knowledge and knew how to capture her audience.
Usually, I don’t read books about adultery or cheating and that turns me away most times. But this one felt different. It wasn’t clingy or unbearable like most. The story unfolds like a flower trying to bloom and you just couldn’t help by staring at its beauty. Well, messy but beautiful.
Conversations With Friends was one of those books that I felt deep down and forever grateful that I’ve read it. This was an interesting and fabulous read. Literary Fiction has been giving me life lately and this one added more fuel to that fire.