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Normal People

by Sally Rooney

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Normal People by Sally Rooney
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    Apr 2019, 272 pages

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A story that explores the subtleties of class, first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship.

In Sally Rooney's exquisite second novel, Normal People, Marianne Sheridan is contemptuous of her ordinary life. A daughter of privilege, her mother and brother are neglectful, cruel, and cold enough to freeze icicles. Their hostility toward Marianne causes her to withdraw into her bedroom and remain invisible.

Connell Waldron is a classmate of Marianne's, a bright and popular boy, albeit terribly quiet, who Marianne envies from afar and whose mother cleans for Marianne's family. Connell is initially put off by Marianne's weirdness. She's an outcast at secondary school, someone who is religiously stared at, talked about in whispers, mocked, and regarded as unimportant.

It's a trick of culture that the peculiar girl and the handsome boy find one another beguiling. Marianne has financial resources but is missing love. Connell has love but is being raised by a single mother. They ...

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