Ultimate Guide to Sally Rooney’s Books, Essays and Controversies

This weekend, Hulu debuted Conversations with friends, the second series based on a Sally Rooney novel to hit the platform, once again delivering 10 episodes of emotional entanglements, warmly lit sex scenes and Irish accents. Rooney’s novels and their subsequent television adaptations have become a cottage industry. The Irish author has been hailed as the great literary hope of the millennium, a scribe who captures her generation and her language better than anyone. And while that may be mild hyperbole, its appeal is undeniable, whether the Conversations with friends show once more makes clear.

Sasha Lane (American honey) and Newcomer Alison Oliver stars as friends Bobbi and Frances, a student at Trinity University Dublin. At a poetry reading where they perform, they meet Melissa (Jemima Kirke), a glamorous writer married to Nick (Joe Alwyn), a handsome, but slightly less successful actor. The two young women become entangled with the couple. Bobbi falls for Melissa while Frances begins an intense affair with Nick. They spend their holidays in Croatia. They have deeply intimate and intellectual conversations.

But before her work became a no-brainer for the TV adaptation, how did Rooney become a global book star in the first place? And how does someone get into their work? Here is an introduction for it.

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