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Conversations with Friends: A Novel
by Sally Rooney

Published: 2017-07-11
Hardcover : 320 pages
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A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century

Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is ...
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A sharply intelligent novel about friendship, lust, jealousy, and the unexpected complications of adulthood in the 21st century

Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa's world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman's sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it 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.
 
Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances's intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.

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  "Who needs Conversations with Friends like these "by lizblair (see profile) 10/22/22

The only thing going for this book is that Sally Rooney is an excellent writer. She conveys the conversations with friends well, but I would not want to be friends with these people. If you haven't read... (read more)

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 03/25/22

The writing style of this took me a bit to get used to, but after that the conversations became easier to follow and get more invested in. Story was good, but a lot going on in parts and just not really... (read more)

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 03/10/22

I found that I disliked all of the characters. If I liked any of them it was Nick and even he at times was questionable. Bobbi’s character got on my nerves the most. Rating it a 3 out of 5 for it being... (read more)

 
by cjennr (see profile) 03/24/21

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 05/22/20

Although I found the characters frustrating and selfish and made little or no development by the end of the book, it brought up some interesting topics to think about and the book itself was not quite... (read more)

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