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Sally Rooney Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Conversations with Friends (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Normal People (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Novellas/Short Stories

Mr. Salary (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Sally Rooney is a popular upcoming author from Ireland, who is famous for writing contemporary and literature & fiction novels. She is particularly famous for writing the books, Conversations with Friends and Normal People. Rooney was born in 1991 in Dublin, Ireland. She spent her early years growing up in Castlebar. Rooney’s mother worked at an arts center, while her father used to work for Telecom Eireann. She has a younger sister and an elder brother. Author Rooney completed her studies from the Trinity College in Dublin. During her college studies in 2011, Rooney was elected as a scholar. Later, she enrolled herself for a master’s degree at the university but didn’t complete it. Instead, Rooney pursued and completed a degree in the field of American literature. In 2013, Rooney was the top speaker at the Debating Championships held at European University.

Before she began her career in the field of writing, Rooney used to work in the administration department of a restaurant. Currently, she still resides in Dublin. When Rooney was 15 years old, she had written her first story. She described it as absolute trash and chose to never publish it. It was in late 2014 that Rooney started writing constantly and with more seriousness. She finished the writing part of her first book when she was still pursuing her master’s degree at Trinity College. In a period of 3 months, Rooney wrote 10 thousand words that constituted the book. Rooney is represented by the agent named Tracy Bohan at The Wylie Agency. With Tracy’s assistance, Rooney auctioned the publishing rights her first novel to a 7-party auction. The publishing rights were sold in as many as 12 countries and were bought by Faber & Faber publication that published the book in 2017. After its grand opening, the book received nominations for the International Dylan Thomas Prize by the Swansea University and the Folio Prize, both in 2018.

Rooney wrote and published a short story titled Mr. Salary in March 2017. This short story was nominated for EFG Private Bank Award by the Sunday Times. In 2018, Rooney came up with her second book, Normal People, which was also published by Faber and Faber. In the same year, this book was longlisted for a Man Booker Prize. The novel won the Irish Book Awards’ Novel of the Year award. In January 2019, the novel received the Costa award. Very often, the writing style of author Rooney is compared with that of JD Salinger. Her editor likes to describe her as Salinger for Snapchat generation. By winning the Costa award, Rooney became the youngest writer to win this award at the age of 27. Rooney’s second book is centered around the relationship between a couple of teenagers living in Ireland as they go through school life and then university life. The book is described as a coming-of-age love story. The Oscar-nominated director named Lenny Abrahamson is set to adapt Rooney’s second novel under the production of Element Pictures.

In her debut novel, Rooney has shown the story of teenagers Bobbi and Frances, and their friendship with an elderly couple. In her other book, she has described the tale of Connell and Marianne, school going students from a small village in Sligo, who get themselves enrolled at the Trinity College. Their story moves around their on-off relationship and encounters them in several discrete scenes. The book’s narrative is mostly shadowed by the externalities, that is, the extreme violence and dysfunction in Marianne’s family, Marianne’s wealth & Connell’s deprivation of it, and the impact of Ireland’s class structure on the educational and social lives of younger people. Many critics believe that author Rooney’s talent lies in depicting the interiority and the perceptive portrayal of the emotional and mental landscapes, while her writing’s power relies on the social and setting context, and on presenting the problems of the unglamorous, real world. The characters created by Rooney are opinionated and politically literate. They are sometimes attracted to drinks, sex, and drugs. Her characters are accepted by the readers, literary agencies, and critics as they are taken from the real world people.

The debut book written by author Sally Rooney is entitled ‘Conversations with Friends’. It was released in 2017 by the Faber & Faber publishers. The book consists of the central characters in the roles of Frances, Melissa, Bobbi, and Nick. Frances is introduced as a 21 year old, darkly observant, and cool-headed girl. She is a college student and aspires to become a writer. Frances likes to devote herself to a life of logic and meaning, and to the endlessly self-possessed and beautiful Bobbi, her comrade and best friend. The two girls are lovers, who have an interest in performing spoken-word poetry. When they are performing together during a competition in Dublin, their potential is spotted by Melissa, a journalist. As the two girls get acquainted with Melissa, they get drawn into her orbit. Frances seems reluctantly impressed by Melissa’s sophisticated home and her tall & handsome husband Nick.

Private property is considered a cultural evil by Frances. She sees Nick as a bored actor, who never made good use of his potential. Whenever Frances sees Nick, she is reminded of the patriarchal society. Nick and Frances get involved in a flirting relationship that seems strange to each of them, but later turns into an unexpectedly strange intimacy. Frances tries everything that she can in order to keep her life in control, but her relationships with Bobbi, Nick, and her unhappy & difficult father resist the control. A point comes in Frances’ life when she becomes too desperate for reconciliation in relation to the vulnerabilities and desires of her body. Her intellectual certainties yield something she didn’t expect at all and force her to live every moment in a disorienting and painful way.

Another mind-blowing book penned by Rooney is called ‘Normal People’. It was also published by Faber & Faber in 2018. The novel describes the life stories of the primary characters named Connell and Marianne. They grow up and live in one of the rural Ireland’s small towns. Other than their place of living, the two don’t share any other similarities. Their worlds are totally different. Both Connell & Marianne manage to get admission to Dublin University. Despite their school’s social tangle, they seem to have a growing connection between them. However, the social tangle goes on to last long in the later parts of their lives. This novel is deeply political, wry, perceptive, bold, and seductive. The novel is such that it makes the readers cry as they move through the story.

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