Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (free download), ‘Droll, shrewd and unafraid – a winning debut’ Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall ‘Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny’ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall.
‘Read if you like Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth, Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath’ Sunday Times.
‘More than lives up to the hype … Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers lives’ Irish Times
One of the observer’s 10 best debut novelists of 2020.
Naoise Dolan explodes onto the scene with Exciting Times, a slyly humorous and scorchingly smart modern love story about three cynics in Hong Kong.
When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents’ money, it’s called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she’s not sure what to call it, but it involves:
– a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children;
– Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room;
– Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks;
– money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.
Exciting times ensue.
Withering, stylish prose that is at times deceptively simple but always flush with caustic wit, I savoured every shrewd line. * Dazed * We loved Dolan’s evisceration of Insta culture – SAVAGE. — Cosmopolitan * Cosmopolitan * A sharp, witty debut. * Stylist * Exciting Times is a joy from start to finish, and the perfect balm for these times-fresh, funny, sharp. Everyone should read it right now. A literary and hilarious tour de force. * Katherine Heiny, author of Standard Deviation * A love story about three expats in Hong Kong – teacher Ava, banker Julian, and the alluring Edith – and explores the nuances and uncertainties of modern love * Cosmopolitan, ‘Best Books of 2020’ * Constant, breezy fun * Telegraph * An effervescent snapshot of millennial, attachment-avoidant dating * Daily Mail * Half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living – and guaranteed to please * Vogue, ‘Books We Cant Wait to Read in 2020’ * Dry, sharp, meticulously observed … A frankly sensational book that’s flawlessly executed * Pandora Sykes on The High Low * Echoes of Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends resound in this exacting debut novel * Oprah magazine * 2020 is set to be a huge year for Naoise Dolan * Irish Examiner *.
Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University, and now lives in London. Exciting Times is her debut novel, an excerpt from which was published in The Stinging Fly.