Well, my adoration for Sally Rooney is confirmed – although I was pretty sure of that after reading her debut, Conversations With Friends.
Normal People is the story of Marianne and Connell, their lives weaving together like a strand of DNA. No matter how they drift apart, though, they always end up gravitating towards one another.
Their relationship is complicated, given they know each other because Connell’s mother is Marianne’s family’s cleaner, meaning their experience of Trinity University is very different and the dynamic can be confusing for both of them (though predominantly Connell).
I read it in a couple of sittings, and think that may be the best way to do it, as what reads as symbolic patterns of behaviour may just seem repetitive if reading over a long period of time.