Normal People. Sally Rooney.

Rooney, Sally. Normal People. Faber and Faber, London, 2018. F;5/19.

This is a love story beginning in high school and carrying into young adulthood. Wealthy Marianne is brilliant but a social recluse, Connell is if anything even smarter but his mum is Marianne’s mother’s cleaning lady. They circle one another for awhile and then connect, but conduct their relationship in an on-again off-again pattern based on their very intelligent and universal honest insights.

Rooney is young (28 I think) but writes with consistent transparency, at the same time somehow with reassuring humanity. It’s a great read as story but also an intelligent closely-reasoned analysis of contemporary romantic love. Highly recommended. 8.8/9.2

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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