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Sally Rooney’s New Novel Makes a Compelling Case For Humanity, Love, and Email

Sally Rooney’s New Novel Makes a Compelling Case For Humanity, Love, and Email

Much like Sally Rooney's first two books - Conversations With Friends and Normal People - Beautiful World, Where Are You (out Sept. 7) traces the relationships of young Irish people muddling their way through perfectly fixable communication breakdowns. This is not to say Beautiful World, Where Are You is exactly like its predecessors, though. In this story, the subjects are satisfyingly adult. Their worries about the world - and their sexual escapades - are decidedly adult, too.

Beautiful World, Where Are You opens with Alice, a blunt spoken and successful author (and seeming proxy for Sally Rooney). We meet up with her after a stay in a psychiatric ward, spurred by an overwhelming book publicity tour. She's just relocated to a quiet Irish coastal town to recover, when she fires up a dating app and meets mercurial warehouse worker Felix. Alice's two closest friends - quietly personable and beautiful former

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