Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta and The London Review of Books. Winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, she is the author of Conversations with Friends. In 2019, she was named to the inaugural Time 100 Next list.
Advance praise for Normal People
"[Rooney] has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist
for her stories of love and late capitalism...One of the unusual
pleasures of Rooney's novels is watching young women engage in a
casual intellectual hooliganism, demolishing every mediocrity that
crosses their paths, just for the fun of it... in the process
creating some of the best dialogue I've read."--The New
Yorker "I'm transfixed by the way Rooney works, and I'm
hardly the only one... like any confident couturier, she's slicing
the free flow of words into the perfect shape... She writes about
tricky commonplace things (text messages, sex) with a familiarity
no one else has."--The Paris Review "...This superb book more
than lives up to the high expectations set for it by Rooney's
lauded first novel...Showcasing Rooney's focus and ability in
building characterrelationships that are as subtle and infinite as
real-life ones, and her perceptive portrayal of class, Normal
People gets at the hard work of becoming a person and the near
impossibility of knowing if a first love is a true
one."--Booklist (starred) "I went into a tunnel with this
book and didn't want to come out. Absolutely engrossing and
surprisingly heart-breaking with more depth, subtlety, and insight
than any one novel deserves. Young love is a subject of much scorn,
but Rooney understands the cataclysmic effects our youth has on the
people we become. She has restored not only love's dignity, but
also its significance."--Stephanie Danler, author of
Sweetbitter "Sally Rooney's Normal People is the deeply felt
story of a foundational relationship at the margin of friendship
and true love, of shame and devotion. This inventive and profound
novel proves what great fiction can do--it can open a world at the
seams."--Emma Straub, author of Modern Lovers and The
Vacationers "I couldn't put Normal People down--I didn't think I
could love it as much as Conversations with Friends, but I did.
Sally Rooney is a treasure. I can't wait to see what she does
next." --Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot and The
Possessed "This is one the best novels I have read in years. Sally
Rooney understands the complexities of love, its radical intimacy,
and how power is always shifting between people, and she tells her
story in a way that feels new and old at the same time. It is
intelligent, spare and mesmerizing, and it sent me back to an
earlier point in my life in such a vivid and real way, reanimating
for me with that period of time (first love), which I had thought
was lost to me forever, but which felt born again in the form of
this book." --Sheila Heti, author of Motherhood and How
Should a Person Be? "Sally Rooney is a master of the literary
page-turner. In Normal People, she has once again crafted a
complicated love story that's impossible to put down. It's also
full of wise observations about class, gender roles and how the
past shapes the present. Rooney's novels are populated with
characters and situations that feel at once totally familiar and
like something we've never seen in fiction before."--J.
Courtney Sullivan, author of Saints for All Occasions "It is
time to take a sharp inhale, people. After the success of
Conversations With Friends, Sally Rooney has produced a second
novel, Normal People which will be just as successful as it
deserves to be: it is superb...[T]he truth is that this novel is
about human connection and I found it difficult to disconnect. It
is a long time since I cared so much about two characters on a
page."--Anne Enright, The Irish Times
"Rooney homes in on what she's best at - describing people, with all their conceits and self-delusions, weaknesses and virtues. She does this with unsparing acuity and extraordinary sensitivity... There's arch humor in her insights too." --The Times (UK) "Beautifully observed and profoundly moving, I could scale new heights of hyperbole trying to describe how good this book is, but really, you just need to read it." --The Bookseller (UK) Praise for Conversations with Friends "A writer of rare confidence, with a lucid, exacting style... [O]ne wonderful aspect of Rooney's consistently wonderful novel is the fierce clarity with which she examines the self-delusion that so often festers alongside presumed self-knowledge... But Rooney's natural power is as a psychological portraitist. She is acute and sophisticated about the workings of innocence; the protagonist of this novel about growing up has no idea just how much of it she has left to do."
- The New Yorker "Rooney has the gift of imbuing everyday life with a sense of high stakes...a novel of delicious frictions."
- New York Magazine
"I love debuts where you just can't believe that it was a debut... Conversations with Friends paints a nuanced, page-turning portrait of a whip-smart university student in the throes of an affair with an older married man."
- Zadie Smith, Elle "The dialogue is superb, as are the insights about communicating in the age of electronic devices. Rooney has a magical ability to write scenes of such verisimilitude that even when little happens they're suspenseful."
- Curtis Sittenfeld, The Week "Sharp, funny, thought-provoking . . . a really great portrait of two young women as they're figuring out how to be adults."
- Celeste Ng, "Late Night with Seth Meyers Podcast" "This book. This book. I read it in one day. I hear I'm not alone."
- Sarah Jessica Parker (Instagram) "The self-deceptions of a new generation are at the core of Sally Rooney's debut, Conversations With Friends (Hogarth), which captures something wonderfully odd-cornered and real in the story of an Irish millennial..."
- Megan O'Grady, Vogue's 10 Best Books of 2017
"[A] bracing, miraculous debut."
- The Millions