"Normal People," by Sally Rooney
Recommended by Daniel Alarcón, Assistant Professor of Broadcast Journalism
"I read—no, inhaled!—Rooney's first novel, 'Conversations with Friends,' on a trip earlier this year and found it astonishing and wholly original. I don't think I've read such a harrowing, acid and humane account of complicated relationships, between friends, lovers, family, in quite a long time. Her new one is on my summer list now, and from what I've heard, I won't be disappointed."
Rooney's sophomore novel alternates between leads Marianne and Connell, two friends from opposite sides of the tracks, as they navigate the intracacies of intimacy in a fresh and compelling modern love story.