Title: Normal People
Authors: Rooney, Sally
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 266
Year: 2018
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Language: English
Description: Most people aspire to be 'normal' and Marianne Sheridan and Connell Waldron are no exception. Hailing from County Sligo, they come from the same west Ireland town, albeit from different sides of the track: Marianne's family are wealthy and employ Connell's mum as their cleaner. Spanning from their last year at high school through to the completion of their studies at Trinity College Dublin, this is the poignant account of their 'on-again, off-again' relationship as they wrestle with their metamorphosis into adulthood.

With its astute social observations and psychological insights, this is a sensitively written love story illuminating the universal need for connection and the desire to be truly known.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"A real page-turner and both the lead characters are very likeable."

"The author writes sensitively and in depth about the problems of fitting in."

"I really enjoyed this book - it's very readable."

"It's both moving and sad - I could have knocked their heads together."

"There is some sexual content in the book but it ties in with the context of the story."

"I became so involved in this story!"

"A refreshingly different look at a fraught relationship between an insecure young couple."
Categories: Fiction, 2020 Titles


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