Beautiful World, Where Are You

Author(s): Sally Rooney

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Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a distribution warehouse, 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?

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Once again, Sally Rooney explores modern love, mental health, ideology, and class through her character’s relationships with each other. I loved the style and sentiment of this novel. Rooney’s writing allows readers to observe the people and events in the story so clearly that they can perceive how things feel.  Alice is a writer recovering from a recent mental breakdown. Felix grew up in the small coastal town she’s moved to. Her best friend Eileen lives and works in Dublin. Eileen is reconnecting with her childhood friend Simon, who believes in God and works in politics.  Other than a day at the beach, a short trip to Rome and a child’s birthday party, not much happens, but these protagonists learn so much about each other and themselves that by the last chapter their lives have changed.      -Katrina 

Sally Rooney is the author of the novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People. She was the winner of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. In 2018, Conversations with Friends was shortlisted for both the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize and Normal People was the Waterstones Book of the Year, won the Costa Novel Award and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Rooney won the Encore Award for Normal People in 2019. She was the editor of the Stinging Fly in 2018 and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library from 2019-20. She was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the television adaptation of Normal People, which was broadcast on the BBC in 2020.

General Fields

  • : 9780571365432
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : 0.363
  • : March 2021
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sally Rooney
  • : Paperback
  • : 2109
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 352