The Irish writer Sally Rooney on the humour in her debut book

What can we expect from your debut novel, Conversations with Friends? It seems to say a lot about what it is to be young and female, but do you want it to be understood as having more dimensions to it than that? No, not really. I don’t think I can tell readers what to find in the book; but I guess I also think the lives of young women are a perfectly fit subject for a novel. Of course, as a young woman myself I don’t experience life as one long commentary on the themes of youth and femininity, and a novel with a middle-aged male protagonist probably wouldn’t be read as a statement on “what it is to be middle-aged and male”. But people can approach the book however they want. It’s not up to me anymore. Was it a departure for you to write a novel when you’re so well versed in the short story form? Thanks for the kind words. I’m not sure I’d call myself “well versed” in the short story. I’ve written about four or five fully completed short stories in my life, and actually, I wrote all of them after I’d finished the […]

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