Rooney's second novel an 'exquisite love story'

Rooney's second novel an 'exquisite love story'

Faber has revealed the details of Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Sally Rooney’s eagerly anticipated second novel, “an exquisite love story” exploring themes of domination, legitimacy and privilege.

Normal People, to be published in September, follows Connell and Marianne from the same small town in the west of Ireland “but they are from very different worlds”. Connell's mother works as a cleaner in Marianne's family home. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.

The title was acquired in 2016 along with Rooney’s highly acclaimed award-winning debut Conversations With Friends, following a seven-way auction. She went on to win the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in December and was longlisted for the  Dylan Thomas Prize and shortlisted for The British Book Awards' Debut Book of the Year.

Mitzi Angel, publisher at Faber, described Normal People as “an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel”.

She said: “It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.”

Rooney's work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Granta, the White Review, the Dublin Review, Stonecutter and the Winter Pages anthology. She is the editor of the Stinging Fly magazine. S​he lives in Dublin.