Sally Rooney is a once in a generation author. She impressed everyone with her astonishing debut Conversations with Friends, which unified the opinions of critics and readers in a rare achievement of brilliance. However, second novels make or break a novelist, and Normal People is the kind of follow up that writers dream of. Assured, intelligent and tender, it is the story of the differences of individuals and the transcendent connections that can overcome them.
Sally Rooney’s tremendous (and Booker prize nominated) Normal People is our novel of the year and an incredible follow up to Conversations with Friends.