No One Is Talking About This
THE FIRST NOVEL FROM PATRICIA LOCKWOOD
‘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, author of Normal People
‘A literary star … Captures better than anything I’ve ever read what it’s like to be online’ Hadley Freeman, Guardian
‘A furiously original novel, alive and unstable’ Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror
A Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, Esquire, Irish Independent, Irish Times, Elle, Independent and Stylist Highlight for 2021
A woman known for her viral social media posts travels the world speaking to her adoring fans, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet – or what she terms ‘the portal’. Are we in hell? the people of the portal ask themselves. Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?
Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: ‘Something has gone wrong,’ and ‘How soon can you get here?’ As real life and its stakes collide with the increasing absurdity of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.
Irreverent and sincere, poignant and delightfully profane, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the infinite scroll and a meditation on love, language and human connection from one of the most original voices of our time.
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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