Downsizing Sally Rooney’s millennial autofiction into a one-minute fix.
Feedback Manager, Bandit Fiction
Close friends Eileen and Alice have classy jobs in the arts sector in Ireland, but while Eileen is an editorial assistant on shit pay for a literary magazine, Alice is a best-selling novelist with a million Euro in the bank.
Both are always angsty, confused about their role in the world, and unsure what they want from relationships, or if they want relationships at all. While Eileen hooks up with her childhood pal Simon, who’s a political consultant in Dublin, Alice goes steady with a Tinder date Felix, a foreman in a warehouse.
Sally Rooney’s follow-up to the mega-hit Normal People is a self-reflexive romance about smart and pretty millennials trying to fix the planet’s problems while making pasta sauce, drinking wine and shopping at Ikea.
This 350-page exploration into weltschmerz on the Liffey may be self-indulgent, humourless, and lacking any structure beyond the paradigm of girl-meets-boy, but it’s also a frank introspection into the soul of a publicity-shy artist. Whether you love or hate this book, you can’t deny that every line sings with truth.
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About the Contributor
Michael Bird (he/him) is the interim Feedback and Editorials Manager at bandit Fiction. He is a Romania-based writer and journalist, with stories published by Bristol Short Story Prize, Storgy, The University of Huddersfield Press and Bandit Fiction, among others. As a journalist, he has investigated the last convicted vampire hunter in Romania, Donald Trump’s dealings with Kazakh oligarchs, home-made killer drugs in Georgia, and, currently, how Covid-19 spreads among migrant workers in meat-packing factories across Europe. https://michaelbirdjournalist.wordpress.com