“All these years, they’ve been like two little plants sharing the same plot of soil, growing around one another, contorting to make room, taking certain unlikely positions.”Normal People, Sally Rooney
“Normal People” by Sally Rooney is the story of two lives. It is about two people of different social classes whose lives intersect unexpectedly. From their time in high school to university and then post-graduate school they both have different relationships as time passes they both keep coming back to one another.
Through years of pain and disappointment and loss they return to one another time and again. With each twist and turn of their lives the effect of their relationship seems to alter the trajectory of the other in a profound way.
The nature of the story is a tragic love story filled with pain and loss but also hope and promise. While not my favorite story, this novel tells a human story and reveals a true part of the human experience that we often try to ignore or suppress. Life is not linear and the interconnections of our relationships have a much more meaningful impact than we might like to admit.