Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend Eileen is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon are still young – but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They worry about sex and friendship and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
My thanks to Faber & Faber for the tantalising extract from the hotly anticipated book of 2021. Beautiful World, Where Are you by Sally Rooney will be released on 7th September, so not long to wait.
I am obviously not going to give any spoilers here suffice to say that this is going to be something rather special. As this was an extract, I got to meet Alice who is a writer and Felix who works in a warehouse and both set off on a first date together, but just how do they get on and do they want to see more of each other. Sally Rooney sets the scene for the reader, blind dates can sometimes be a disaster, so I am really intrigued to see what does become of both Alice and Felix. Both have a story to tell, which you are going to want to know more about. There was an intriguing end to the chapter that left you wanting to know what happened next.
Sally Rooney has a beautiful writing style, and she really gets the characters so right and allows you to be drawn into the story. I felt as though I was eavesdropping on their blind date, that I what Sally Rooney does with her writing. This story is alive and left you wanting more.
Look out for a full review of Beautiful World, Where Are you by Sally Rooney after publication.
My thanks to for the NetGalley extract review of Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney is published on 7 September 2021by Faber & Faber and is available to pre-order through Waterstones, Amazon and through your local independent bookshop or through Bookshop.org that supports your local independent bookshop. UK Bookshop.org