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In “Conversations with Friends,” Sally Rooney captures the pain and pleasure of first loves

A Dublin-based ménage à quatre sits at the heart of this novel. They become entangled in a familiar psycho-sexual web; yet none of what happens in this quietly sensational debut novel follows a format

By Arifa Akbar   August 2017

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber, £14.99)

Bobbi and Frances are 20-something ex-girlfriends, students and performance poets. Both are critical of capitalism, monogamy and the patriarchy. They meet Melissa and Nick, a rich married couple more than 10 years older who cook aubergine and chorizo at dinner parties.

They form the Dublin-based ménage à quatre that sits at the heart of Conversations with Friends. They become entangled in a familiar psycho-sexual web of love and deceit; yet none of what happens in the emotional life of this quietly sensational…

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