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Sally Rooney’s new novel ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ is set to be a steamy September read


You heard us correctly, the patron saint of horny Irish novels, Sally Rooney, is working on another book entitled Beautiful World, Where Are You, and word is that it will be as 10/10 steamy as her last works.

Considering the way things have very much stayed the exact same since the clock struck midnight into 2021, the news that we will be able to sink our teeth into another dramatic, twenty-something love story this year is a welcome reprieve from the rest of January's news (Trump's impeachment article and Armie Hammer's DM's).

In 2018, the Normal People author almost had us believing she might not put the proverbial pen to paper ever again when she told the Irish Independent, “I have no idea if I’ll write another book. Maybe I am one of those people who writes two novels in their 20s then never writes anything else again.” A quote that set our bar of excitement into the underworld, clinging to what she had already bestowed us with.

Thankfully, Rooney did not stick to her rather unsure word, and on September 7, 2021, Faber publishing has announced it will release the book to the frenzy of devoted Rooney fans.

The plot - as described by Faber on its spanking new dedicated website - follows a young novelist named Alice who meets Felix, a warehouse worker, and invites him to travel to Rome with her. Back in Dublin (where else?), Alice's best friend Eileen is recovering from 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?" The website reads.

Essentially, it sounds like the young, confused romance that we're craving at the moment, and the setting of Europe makes it all the more inviting in classic Rooney fashion. For those who are devoted to getting their hands on a copy stat, you can preorder Beautiful World, Where Are You from the dedicated website, now.

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