Conversations With Friends

Conversations With Friends

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and self-possessed Bobbi. At a poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi meet Melissa, a well-known photographer. As the girls are drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. Frances and Nick's flirtation soon gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances's friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and, finally, terribly, with Bobbi.
Publisher: London :, Hogarth,, [2017]
Edition: First United States edition
Description: 309 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780451499059
9780451499066
Branch Call Number: Roon

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KadenceB
Apr 28, 2019

I liked the style of writing! Made it a quick read, I sped through this in one train ride

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GAYATHRIR1
Apr 20, 2019

“first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism”, as per NYer

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blcwrites
Mar 14, 2019

While so many readers loved this book, my returning thoughts along the way- what? I almost put it down, hoping it would get better, but for me - it never did go deep enough into the characters motivations to leave me with a can't wait for the next one.

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MaryJoSchifsky
Jan 29, 2019

New Yorker interview with Sally Rooney Jan 7 2019

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salsa25
Jan 27, 2019

I love how she writes. The no quotation marks may turn people off, but it forces you to absorb every word, every sentence. I felt I was wholly engaged with the nuances of their interpersonal relationships. Loved this book

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Candaceb108
Jan 20, 2019

Every young person who reads this is going to think it is only about their age group. In some ways it is, when their parents were this age, there was a much greater societal pressure to get your ass in gear and earn a living wage. But as far as the relationships are concerned, at 70, I can say, things are not that different. Reading it at my age, I can remember the stupidly wasteful way I treated relationships just because I was insecure, like the protagonist is.

The wonderful thing is the way it ends. Relationships are messy, we need rules, but rules are stupid too.

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KatG1983
Dec 31, 2018

Honestly, could not get past page 40.

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xiaojunbpl12
Dec 05, 2018

A sequel in the pipeline? The best (contemporary) romance novel I’ve read (supposedly I read enough volumes to rank). It became quite an addictive read, to resonate with young adults, whom I intuitively think the book would be for, but on second thought, the wisdoms encompass our time for all ages.

I had minor problems with the format of conversations, spoken (who and whom?) and contemplative (or spoken?), no quotation marks. My guesses might not agree with author’s intention at more than a few occasions, but the ambiguities or delusions led me to more intrigues than frustrations.

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laphampeak
Oct 08, 2018

Rooney aptly describes the romantic relationships between four main characters, two younger women and a somewhat older hetero couple. The story examines current thoughts about monogamy and sexual identity. The characteristics of each individual adds to the complexity of their connections.

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Margush
Oct 05, 2018

This book is interesting as it requires you to closely follow thoughts of the main character and her inner voices, and emotionally invest yourself into that process. It could be disturbing and quite intense at times. This book holds your attention till the end and shows how some relationships (and why) could either fail or benefit you. Sally Rooney is very talented. I’ll remember the name.

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vickiz
Jul 03, 2017

Lights sparkled on the river and buses ran past like boxes of light, carrying faces in the windows.

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