Fans of Sally Rooney, Rejoice: She’s Publishing a New Novel in 2021
While it’s not clear when we can make actual plans again, there is one major event for bookworms to safely put in their calendars: A new Sally Rooney book is set to publish this fall, titled “Beautiful World, Where Are You.”
The book follows best friends Alice and Eileen, twentysomethings who are on “very different trajectories.” Alice is swept off her feet by Felix, who convinces her to travel to Italy; Eileen copes with a recent break-up by settling into old patterns and old flames.
Superfans got a taste of Rooney’s new work if they were paying attention to press releases from the New York Public Library in 2019, whose fellowship announcement nodded to the novel. But otherwise, Rooney has kept quiet about her newest work.
Fans of the Hulu show or Rooney’s previous books, “Normal People” and “Conversations With Friends” may find it difficult to wait half a year for Rooney’s newest novel, so I’ve put together a few books to tide you over. Rooney’s brand is uniquely her own, but you can find some of her sharp prose, realistic romance, and thoughtful explorations of daily life in these novels while you wait: