No One Is Talking About This
by Patricia Lockwood
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Pub Date 16 Feb 2021 | Archive Date 3 Aug 2021
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ), Bloomsbury Circus
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
'A furiously original novel, alive and unstable' Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror
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
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A hypnotic debut from Patricia Lockwood. Clearly inspired by her zany poetry, here she has captured the strange nuance of online and offline life and entwined them together in a conflicting and beautiful masterpiece. 'No One Is Talking About This' had me gripped, laughing at the beginning and crying at the end, quietly, unknowingly, unexpectedly. Raw and hilarious and real. A fantastic debut.
Compelling surprising and very very original I really enjoyed this book. As something of a serial twitter ranter and inter-ranter I found myself laughing out loud at some of the observations. very good indeed
Ooft. This book, that opens with such seemingly glib observations of the daily chug of online interactions and crowded, worrisome days of life where it feels that loom of apocalypse is ever present, morphs into something arresting, beautiful, heart-breaking and sobering. It is a book of two halves. The first, with its wry, piercing observations of collective online mutterings and in jokes is interesting to read and utilises language in an almost mesmeric way, but having read the whole thing it feels now that the reader is being cleverly set up, lulled into that same sardonic head-space in which we LOL and Ahahaha and pile on each other for getting it wrong which means that when we come to part two, we cannot help be somewhat wrong-footed as we realise what the This is that No One Is Talking About. Without spoilers, I found the second part of the book beautiful, confronting and at times difficult to read. It is threaded through with pain but also shows great beauty. Patricia Lockwood's writing is lyrical but spare and not only clever in its observations, but also magic in conveying feeling and space by using such unusual yet specific description. I really enjoyed this book, despite (or maybe because of) it leaving me in tears and feeling a little tender and I can't wait to read more of Patricia Lockwood's writing.
EVERYONE is talking about this on social media and I am overjoyed that it was more than worth the hype! Searing, ambiguous and oh-so relatable, it really made me look at how I use the so-called 'portal' and how it has any/ no bearing on my real life. I really loved this - thank you for the copy.