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29th Feb 2024

Fans of Normal People delight as Sally Rooney confirms new novel

Kat O'Connor

Sally Rooney has penned another potential best-seller

Sally Rooney fans will be overjoyed to hear the Irish writer has penned another novel.

Rooney’s book Intermezzo is set for release this September.

Faber confirmed the long-awaited news this afternoon and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy.

The synopsis reads: “Aside from the fact that they are brothers, Peter and Ivan Koubek seem to have little in common. Peter is a Dublin lawyer in his 30s – successful, competent, and apparently unassailable. But in the wake of their father’s death, he’s medicating himself to sleep and struggling to manage his relationships with two very different women – his enduring first love Sylvia, and Naomi, a college student for whom life is one long joke.

“Ivan is a 22-year-old competitive chess player. He has always seen himself as socially awkward, a loner, the antithesis of his glib elder brother. Now, in the early weeks of his bereavement, Ivan meets Margaret, an older woman emerging from her own turbulent past, and their lives become rapidly and intensely intertwined.

“For two grieving brothers and the people they love, this is a new interlude – a period of desire, despair, and possibility – a chance to find out how much one life might hold inside itself without breaking.”

There’s no doubt Rooney’s upcoming novel will be a huge hit, especially following the success of Normal People and Conversations with Friends, but will any book ever live up to Connell and Marianne’s story? I don’t think so.