Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and darkly observant. A college student in Dublin and aspiring writer, she works at a literary agency by day. At night, she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are profiled by Melissa, a well-known journalist, they enter an exotic orbit of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence. Initially unimpressed, Frances finds herself embroiled in a risky menage a quatre when she begins an affair with Nick, Melissa's actor husband. Desperate to reconcile herself to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances' intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new - a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. But as Frances tries to keep control, her relationships increasingly unspool: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally even with Bobbi. Written with rare precision and probing intelligence, Conversations with Friends is exquisitely alive to the pleasures and inhibitions of youth.
Frances and Bobbi are ex-lovers and best friends coming of age in Dublin. On meeting glamorous older couple Nick and Melissa, the girls become drawn into their relationship, which threatens to fracture their own dynamic. Sally Rooney’s debut novel is a smart, sharp, seductive portrait of contemporary love and friendship and what happens when the two become blurred. Frances and Bobbi jump off the page and demand the reader’s attention. An extraordinary novel from an exciting new voice.
Recommended by Méabh McNairney, Dubray Galway