46 pages 1 hour read

Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2017

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Before You Read

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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney follows college students and best friends Frances and Bobbi, who befriend married couple Melissa and Nick. Frances and Nick begin a secret affair, causing all four to re-examine their relationships and desires. Sensitive topics, including chronic pain, alcohol abuse, and emotional complexities, are explored throughout the novel.

Reviews & Readership

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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney is lauded for its sharp, introspective prose and complex character dynamics. Critics praise the authentic dialogue and nuanced exploration of contemporary relationships. However, some find the plot meandering and characters unlikable. Overall, it's a thought-provoking debut that captures modern emotional landscapes vividly.

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Who Should Read Conversations with Friends?

A reader who enjoys rich character development, nuanced interpersonal dynamics, and contemporary settings will appreciate Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Fans of Normal People and Big Little Lies will find its exploration of complex relationships and emotional honesty engaging.

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Book Details



Irish Literature




Identity: Femininity

Society: Politics & Government

Relationships: Friendship