No One Is Talking About This
‘A masterpiece’ Guardian
‘I really admire and love this book’ Sally Rooney
‘An intellectual and emotional rollercoaster’ Daily Mail
‘I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book’ David Sedaris
‘It moved me to tears’ Elizabeth Day
THE ONLY BOOK SHORTLISTED FOR BOTH THE BOOKER PRIZE AND THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2021
This is a story about a life lived in two halves.
It’s about what happens when real life collides with the increasing absurdity of a world accessed through a screen.
It’s about living in world that contains both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
It’s a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time.
‘An utterly distinctive mixture of depth, dazzling linguistic richness, anarchic wit and raw emotional candour’ Rowan Williams
A 2021 Book of the Year: Sunday Times, Guardian, Daily Mail, Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Times, New Statesman, Red, Observer, Independent, Daily Telegraph
A formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases * New York Times Book Review * Reading Patricia Lockwood feels like looking through a kaleidoscope built by a mischievous sorcerer - the world is suddenly rearranged in fragments that are cosmic, wondrous, humiliating, and profane. No One Is Talking About This is a furiously original novel, alive and unstable; the book builds to a reminder of how devastation and connection produce each other, endlessly and surprisingly, both on the internet and in human places that our shared digital consciousness can never reach -- Jia Tolentino I really admire and love this book. Patricia Lockwood is a completely singular talent and this is her best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet -- Sally Rooney The poet and essayist turns her hand to fiction in this fragmentary tale that addresses urgent questions about the absurdity of the digital world * Harper's Bazaar * Patricia Lockwood dives deep into the ephemerality and meaninglessness of modern life to emerge with a novel that is breathtakingly humane and memorable. No One Is Talking About This is hilarious, affectionate and deeply-felt. There is nothing that Lockwood - and I don't say this lightly - can't do -- Nicole Flattery, author of SHOW THEM A GOOD TIME Glorious. It crackles with energy and life. It's funny, it's hectic, and it will sometimes trip you up with a sudden sense of anger and pain . . . A genuine original * Sunday Times on 'Priestdaddy' * Patricia Lockwood has produced from her peculiar childhood something that is exceptional - exquisitely written, funny, disturbing and freighted with insight, lightly worn * Daily Telegraph on 'Priestdaddy' * Lockwood's prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced, Betty Boop in a pas de deux with David Sedaris . . . It is, for sure, like no book I have read * New York Times on 'Priestdaddy' * Funny and anarchic . . . Priestdaddy is a piece of autobiographical writing like no other . . . Naughty, innocent, truthful * The Times on 'Priestdaddy' * One of the most remarkable, hilarious, jaw-droppingly candid and affecting memoirs I have read for some time . . . A combination of manic levity and profound unease, a sense of genuine injustice tethered to a smart-alec whipcrack * Spectator on 'Priestdaddy' * Brilliantly silly . . . A dazzling comic memoir * Guardian on 'Priestdaddy' * One of America's most relevant and funniest writers. Lockwood's humour - conversational, sensitive, mordant - serves as her work's bedrock and signature . . . Priestdaddy will certainly make you laugh out loud. But it will also move you to tears * Playboy on 'Priestdaddy' * Extraordinary * Observer on 'Priestdaddy' *
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