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If you enjoyed "Normal People" you might enjoy this. Although you will find this short story very similar to the narrative of "Normal People". Names, locations, ages change, but the the struggle of the two main heroes (a he and a she) remains. It might have been an early draft or a discarded chapter.
This is similar to Conversations with Friends and to Beautiful World in that a young woman has a relationship full of frisson and inconvenient attractions with an older man. Will it turn into something more? A very atmospheric and witty short story
The Author, Sally Rooney, whose work I have fallen under the spell of. Quickly draws her characters to life so that we care about them, there needs/ wants, and what happens to them. This is an easy read that will pass away a dull hour or two & give it meaning.
Sally Rooney invites the reader into her characters minds. Building a history while moving the story through her characters responses effortlessly. You read, almost holding your breath waiting and everytime it ends you are left waiting more, just one more chapter, just one more book following the lives of the people she has painted in your mind.
Like most people who have read this short story, I am a tad confused as to why it finishes the way it does. I see the similarity to Normal People and I wish certain aspects of this book were clearer. It does end quite abruptly but it is a good short story for a rainy day.
Nathan and Sukie deserve their own full novel so we can fully understand what happens between them.
A short story that packs so much into a handful of pages. Sally Rooney, as always, uses the tiniest of nuances in her character's dialogue to open up yawning chasms of depth in their relationships. With all of her craft, she has a stunning knack of ending the stories with multiple question marks, leaving you wanting so much more...
This little book is a great introduction to Sally Rooney’s writing! I bought it for exactly that reason, as a taster really, and it was brilliant! It’s a very short story, took me half an hour to read, and it has certainly whetted my appetite for more of Rooney’s writing.