Reviews

Sally Rooney's books, 'Conversations with Friends' and 'Normal People.'

Reviews

Eyes Like Cursors Blinking: On “Conversations with Friends” and “Normal People” by Sally Rooney

BY Rob Madole

What marks the writing as particularly unusual, though, is Rooney’s approach to characterization: one receives the impression that Rooney has a programmatic disinterest in depicting her characters’ inner lives. Or rather—and this, perhaps, is what makes her style feel so distinct—Rooney seems allergic to the leveling that’s entailed in consigning an emotional life to language.