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Normal People: A Novel

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Aoife Mcmahon

7 Hours 35 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2019

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NOW AN EMMY-NOMINATED HULU ORIGINAL SERIES • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships” (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, “a master of the literary page-turner” (J. Courtney Sullivan).

TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—People, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson

AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR—The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, O: The Oprah Magazine, Time, NPR, The Washington Post, Vogue, Esquire, Glamour, Elle, Marie Claire, Vox, The Paris Review, Good Housekeeping, Town & Country

Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but the similarities end there. At school, Connell is popular and well liked, while Marianne is a loner. But when the two strike up a conversation—awkward but electrifying—something life changing begins.

A year later, they’re both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Normal People is the story of mutual fascination, friendship and love. It takes us from that first conversation to the years beyond, in the company of two people who try to stay apart but find that they can’t.
Praise for Normal People
“[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.”—The Washington Post

“Arguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney’s elegant sophomore effort . . . is a worthy successor to Conversations with Friends. Here, again, she unflinchingly explores class dynamics and young love with wit and nuance.”—The Wall Street Journal

“[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism. . . . [She writes] some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”—The New Yorker

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  • Linda M.

    An intimate story about an Irish couple whose relationship is basically a close friendship, dips into being a couple, and never really attains a steady state. Well written and worth listening to or reading. The narration is excellent.

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  • Jodie F.

    Very enjoyable read, I was completely sucked into the story and finished within a week! Excellent narration, 5 stars!

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  • Jennifer C.

    Listening to this book was better than reading it and there is so much to unpack for such a small novel. Class, education, timing, mental health, abuse, sexism... it’s al there in this tender conversation on love

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  • Anonymous

    The book was good but the ending was crap.

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  • Tim B.

    Read this for my book club otherwise I probably wouldn’t have chosen to read it. I though it was very well written, however I just couldn’t get emotionally attached to the characters. Loved the narrator!

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  • Anonymous

    Really liked it

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  • Vincent R.

    This book is poorly written. An abrupt style without poésie. It could be the narrator, who’s unable to modulate her voice differently when the narrator changes. If that’s not something that bothers you, the story itself is good.

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  • Claire M.

    Good read and well written. Narration was spot on. The story line definitely kept me engaged and wanting to know what would happen next.

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  • Claude M.

    I loved this book. I listened to the audiobook twice in 2 days. I am a Sally Rooney fan.

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