Penguin Random House
NOW A HULU ORIGINAL SERIES ‚Ä¢ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ‚Ä¢ ‚ÄúA stunning novel about the transformative power of relationships‚Äù (People) from the author of Conversations with Friends, ‚Äúa master of the literary page-turner‚Äù (J. Courtney Sullivan).
ONE OF THE TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE‚ÄîEntertainment Weekly
TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR‚ÄîPeople, Slate, The New York Public Library, Harvard Crimson
AND BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR‚ÄîThe 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‚Äîawkward but electrifying‚Äîsomething life changing begins.
A year later, they‚Äôre 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‚Äôt.
Praise for Normal People
‚Äú[A] novel that demands to be read compulsively, in one sitting.‚Äù‚ÄîThe Washington Post
‚ÄúArguably the buzziest novel of the season, Sally Rooney‚Äôs 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.‚Äù‚ÄîThe Wall Street Journal
‚Äú[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‚Äôve read.‚Äù‚ÄîThe New Yorker