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Called "the great Millennial novelist" and "the voice of a generation," Irish author Sally Rooney has, with only two books under her belt, proved herself to be an author to watch out for. Sally Rooney's books Conversations with Friends and Normal People have both topped best of lists and won multiple book awards.

What is it about Rooney's novels that people flock to? Her deliberate, precise language is engaging and steadfast. Her characters are all very human and nuanced - they're allowed to be flawed, to make mistakes and face very real consequences that feel true to life. What they're going through is also something many Millennials can relate to. We're all going through ups and downs with friends, family, and significant others. We deal with class issues, figuring out the difference between right and wrong and dealing with the consequences with we make bad decisions. We're living in a very different world than the one our parents grew up in. Rooney is able to hone in on that with expertise.

Other works by Sally Rooney:

Mr. Salary

Color and Light

1. Conversations with Friends

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Sally Rooney's first novel, Conversations with Friends, debuted with a bang. It was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by both Vogue and Slate and was named one of the best books of the year by both Elle and* Buzzfeed. It also earned Rooney the title of *The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.

In a book both charming and insightful, Rooney weaves the story of two best friends growing up and finding themselves as they venture into adulthood. Frances is the calm and observant one, a little unsure of what she's doing, while Bobbi is confident and composed. They meet a well-known photographer at a poetry event and become engrossed in her world. After meeting her husband Nick, Frances engages in a flirtation that grows into something more, good until it isn't.

2. Normal People

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Rooney's second novel had a lot to live up to after her debut. The good news is that it's already racking up awards, including the Women's Prize for Fiction, the An Post Irish Book Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and several more. Both The Wall Street Journal and Esquire have named it a must-read for spring.

In Normal People, Rooney explores the complexities of gender, class, first lost, family, and friendship. Marianne and Connell pretend not to know each other while they're at school, while realizing there's a growing connection between them each time Connell picks his mother up from her job at Marianne's house. After graduation, they both go on to study at Trinity Collge, and their roles seem to reverse - Marianne is now the once who has found her place in the world and Connell is the one uncertain, on the sidelines. Time and again, they find themselves drawn back to each other, but eventually, they'll have to decide just how far they're willing to go for one another.

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