Faber & Faber
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.
Praise from the Desmond Elliott Prize
“Sally Rooney’s debut has been described as ‘whip smart’ and hers is a weapon which thrashes its hobby horses with vim and vigour. A sharply crafted novel and a cutting review of contemporary affairs. A work too which clearly draws upon a wellspring of emotional and psychological savvy that appears to wash over its often obtuse protagonists but provides for us a sparklingly immersive experience in the lives of others.”
About the Author
Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, The White Review, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Kevin Barry’s Stonecutter and The Winter Page anthology. Rooney was shortlisted for The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her short story Mr Salary and winner of The Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award for Conversations with Friends.