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Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2018
A searing, sometimes painful, yet fully rich and fascinating read. 21 year old student Frances, and her ex-girlfriend Bobbi are interviewed by Melissa about their spoken word performances. They are invited to enter Melissa’s world, they meet her actor husband, their friends, join parties, even a holiday, yet as friendships form and blossom, one particular relationship threatens all. Sally Rooney writes with a beautifully observant pen, she sees beneath the skin, testing, sifting through thoughts and feelings. Frances is one of the most intriguing characters I have met, incredibly bright and witty, she places herself on the edge of things, and can be frustrating, vulnerable, yet sharply aware and considered. I found myself analysing my thoughts as this dance of nerves and feelings began to close. ‘Conversations with Friends’ can be uncomfortable and comforting in equal measures, this isn’t a neatly bound experience, instead it’s complicated, riveting, exciting, and certainly doesn’t end when the final page is turned.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
|Publication date:||1st June 2017|
|Publisher:||W F Howes Ltd|
|Collections:||Book To Screen Adaptations - Do You Like Or Loathe Them?, 40+ Novels That Feature Friendship,|
|Primary Genre||Modern and Contemporary Fiction|
Closing date: 30/06/2021