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September 14, 2021

'Beautiful World, Where Are You' — Sally Rooney

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This is her third novel, following a pair of huge best-sellers.

It's every bit as good as the opening duo, so I invoked SlowRead™ from the get-go.

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Rooney only turned 30 earlier this year.

I'm a fan for life and will read every book she writes as long as I'm compos mentis.

This is an epistolary novel reshaped for the 21st century, consisting largely of emails between two young women who've been friends since college.

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A few things I like about Rooney's books, in no particular order:

• The lack of punctuation in dialogue which makes it so much more natural on the page and in the mind

• The Salinger-esque matter of factness and flatness of mood and description, which somehow make the story compulsively readable

• Rooney's simple vocabulary, never a word I need to puzzle over or look up or read on without knowing what it means

• How similar her characters are to her in real life, as best I've been able to suss out after reading innumerable profiles and interviews, in which she's even more laconic than her characters, which is saying something

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