Sally Rooney has done it again with this gorgeous exploration of friendship, intimacy and what life means. I loved it.— Mike
Rooney's characters are deeply drawn, complex people. No one is a hero or villian. I most enjoyed the email correspondence between Alice and Elieen, as they contemplate personal relationships, their friendship, and the state of the world.— Amy
A whole vibe. Rooney's characteristic style glimmers in her depiction of Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon. They desire each other, delude each other, get together, break up. Also, they worry. They worry about sex, each other, their friendships, and if there's any beauty left in the world.— Zinna
September 2021 Indie Next List
“Another incredible story! The characters are vibrant and familiar, and the intimate moments are uniquely painted. It’s as if a close friend is confessing their life to you and you are seeing yourself in it.”
— Katie Kenney, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT
Alice meets Felix and asks him if he'd like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young - but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?