No One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This : SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE 2021

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION

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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 225mm | 354g
  • Bloomsbury Circus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1526629763
  • 9781526629760
  • 11,899

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Following her acclaimed comic memoir Priestdaddy, a fast and furious debut novel about being embedded deep in the digital world * Guardian * A delightfully weird look at our service to the internet (fitting in a year that gave us the "doomscroll") and human connection and intersection * Stylist * A work that feels intensely relevant to our fractured time . . . Wonderfully intricate * Independent * A formidably gifted writer who can do pretty much anything she pleases * New York Times Book Review * The first half is a series of unbelievably accurate and funny and insightful takes on what it means to live in the internet of the modern age, and the second half swivels and becomes a kind of personal, family dynamic ... It moved me to tears -- Elizabeth Day Half online, half off, No One Is Talking About This takes us on a complex journey that ends with a simple moral: real life matters more * Financial Times * This is her first novel but it's so accomplished I found that hard to believe . . . Entirely unique, if not totally weird . . . I was hooked right away . . . An intellectual and emotional rollercoaster * Daily Mail * 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 An eagerly awaited novel . . . about a woman whose life is overwhelmed by the internet * The Times * 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 Set to be one of 2021's biggest books . . . riveting * Daily Mail * Unique and poignant * Red Magazine * 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' * 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' * 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
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About Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood was born in a trailer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, and the memoir Priestdaddy, which was named one of the ten best books of 2017 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the 100 best books of the 21st century by the Guardian. Lockwood's writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New Republic and the London Review of Books, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
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