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Beautiful World, Where Are You

Beautiful World, Where Are You

2021 . Fiction, Literary, Women, Coming Of Age, Friendship . Sally Rooney

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Beautiful World, Where Are You

About the book


AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a 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?






Farrar, Straus and Giroux




0374602611 (ISBN13: 9780374602611)

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Emma Fosh

2 days ago


In all honesty I think this book was overrated. To me it just felt like an awful lot of dialogue and not much plot.


Claire Pinks

1 month ago


This was my first Sally Rooney book and I’m just not sure I like her style to be honest. I loved normal people, the TV adaptation but keep putting the book off. After reading this, I’m not sure I’ll bother trying!


Claire Louise

1 month ago


Conversations with Friends is one of my favourite reads and after Normal People, I was really excited to read Sally Rooney's latest novel. Sadly, it didn't live up to expectations and I felt a bit let down.


will Bradley

4 months ago


A stunning exploration of friendship, hope, love and sex as group of young people navigate intense social issues such as climate change and capitalism, attempting to find beauty in the small mundane elements of life.


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7 months ago


A Tender Irish Elegy: Sally Rooney’s “Beautiful World, Where Are You” If Beautiful World, Where Are You feels out of time, that’s because it’s an elegy for the era in which it occurs. If it isn’t a perfect novel, it is a tender one. Its retrospective gaze kindles its potential futurity. And believing in the future is, after all, an act of faith. About the author: Brenna M. Casey is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. Her writing and reviews have appeared in Public Books, Ploughshares, The Assembly, and elsewhere.


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7 months ago


Rooney (Normal People) continues her exploration of class, sex, and mental health with a cool, captivating story about a successful Irish writer, her friend, and their lovers. Alice Kelleher, 29, has suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of her work’s popularity. After moving from Dublin to a small seaside town, she meets Felix, a local with a similar background—they both grew up working-class, and both have absent fathers—who works in a shipping warehouse. She invites him to accompany her to Rome, where he falls in love with her but resents what he takes to be her superior attitude. Meanwhile, in Dublin, Alice’s university friend Eileen Lydon works a low-paying literary job and explores her attraction to a childhood friend who seems to return her feelings but continues seeing other women. Alice and Eileen update each other in long emails, which Rooney cleverly exploits for essayistic musings about culture, climate change, and political upheaval. Rooney establishes a distance from her characters’ inner lives, creating a sense of privacy even as she describes Alice and Eileen’s most intimate moments. It’s a bold change to her style, and it makes the illuminations all the more powerful when they pop. As always, Rooney challenges and inspires. Agent: Tracy Bohan, the Wylie Agency.


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7 months ago


“[Rooney’s] writing about sex is taut and direct. It’s a narrative style I associate with the films of Andrew Haigh and Joanna Hogg, two great visual poets of social anxiety and reticence. Rooney’s dialogue is frequently perfect . . . Beautiful World, Where Are You is Rooney’s best novel yet. Funny and smart, full of sex and love and people doing their best to connect.” ―Brandon Taylor, The New York Times Book Review


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7 months ago


A novelist, a warehouse worker, an editorial assistant and a political adviser deal with changes.

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