Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney
“Are you having second thoughts? she said. If you get tired of walking you can always abandon me and turn back, I'm quite used to it. The walk, that is. Not being abandoned. I might be used to that as well, but it's not the sort of thing I confess to strangers.”
BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU
Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them.
They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. They have sex, they worry about sex, they worry about their friendships and the world they live in. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?
|Photo by Kalpesh Lathigra|
Sally Rooney was born in 1991 and lives in Dublin, where she graduated from Trinity College. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Dublin Review, The White Review, The Stinging Fly, and the Winter Pages anthology. She was the winner of the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award in 2017. She was also the editor of the Stinging Fly in 2018 and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library from 2019–20. Rooney was nominated for an Emmy for her work on the television adaptation of Normal People, which was broadcast on CBC Gem in 2020.