English Fiction

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Exciting times

naoise dolan

€ 18,95

Dolan's writing style, characters and subject matter remind me of both Ottessa Moshfegh and Sally Rooney, two young and excellent writers I really like. The weirdness and aloofness in style and characters of Moshfegh. And the 'Irishness' and characters' problems of Rooney. A wonderful debut that makes hungry for more!

When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she's not sure what to call it, but it involves:

- a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;

- Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;

- Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;

- money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections. Exciting times ensue.

 

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