I am not emotionally prepared for a new Sally Rooney novel, and shame on everyone who knew and didn’t tell me this was coming.
Beautiful World, Where Are You is set to release on September 7th, and I really don’t know what to do with myself.
My backlog of books I want to read immediately keeps growing, and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be acquiring this little gem the day it comes out.
For me, Sally Rooney is to literary fiction as Greta Gerwig is to cinema. Lots of pining and complex emotions, with the occasional outburst that’s inserted as much for the plot as for the audience’s (be they biblio- or cinephiles) much-needed catharsis.
I guess I can tell you right now that Normal People did me some kind of way. So much so, in fact, that I immediately bought Conversations with Friends and then proceeded to (A) not pick it up and (B) lose track of its placement. It looks like I’m going to have to find it now because I’ll need the pre-game training to be able to withstand the main event.
All of Sally Rooney’s books are now available wherever books are sold.
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