Are you looking for:
- a character study: a curtain held aside, revealing the intricate little world of two people. No guns, no high stakes, just people living and the tragedy that ensues, as it may ensue with all of us, if only time will tell.
- people with deep character flaws, because the protagonists, Marianne and Connell, have many. An abundance, in fact. It is hard not to like them, though, because that is reality. No one is just a piece of a glass, we are all scratched in some way.
- the effects of the end of the Celtic Tiger subtly discussed
- something which spans the youth of the pair, following them from sixth form into adulthood, and chronicles how the relationship between the two develops.
- irish scenery and dublin to feature heavily
- a narrative which discusses troubling issues, such as suicide, sexual assault, domestic abuse and drug use
- an elegant writing style, but no speech marks for the dialogue
- something that will be a relatively quick read
- a book that was on the Man Booker 2018 Longlist
- a book which will not affirm your life. Because it won’t. It will depress you but you will not stop reading because something in you wants to see where the shrapnel will fall.
If you have answered yes to any of the above, then I prescribe to you: Normal People by Sally Rooney.