Books for the summer of 2022. What’s worth reading on the beach?

For the summer of 2022, we recommend books by talented Irish writers! Here’s our top 5 for holiday reading!

These girls can write about being young, lost and looking for closeness. Irish writers have conquered the world of modern literature. Here are some items you should know! They will absorb you and make you think.

The fashion for young Irish writers is in full swing. It started with Sally Rooney’s books, of course, but there are many more female literary novices in Dublin with great potential. For example, my all-time favorite Megan Nolan, a journalist and essayist who recently debuted the novel “Acts of Desperation”. And here I must warn you frankly – this is not your typical beach reading. Unless you are one of those who don’t like when life is too good and the favorable conditions of nature, you have to break something, just for the balance. “Acts of Desperation” is a book about a time of severe bad weather, and very autobiographical, because Megan Nolan doesn’t hide in interviews she wrote about this period in her life, when she drank too much, partyed intensely and constantly in unhealthy relationships. “Acts of Desperation” isn’t just a study of a toxic relationship that destroys both parties involved. Lots of sex in this story, but so sad it hurts. It is also a portrait of the millennial generation for whom drugs – in this case alcohol – and casual sex serve as a low-threshold but ineffective antidepressant. The book is as honest as a confession and as sharp as a razor.

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Third novel by Sally Rooney, the greatest star of new Irish literature. Third and best, because Rooney is clearly aware of the shortcomings she made in previous books. “Where are you, beautiful world” wins with a well-thought-out structure and able to intrigue the characters who care about the reader. It’s a story about two friends: a writer who returns to work after a nervous breakdown, and a literary magazine editor who comes back to life after her relationship ends.

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Contemporary Irish literature in a (big) nutshell. “Incorrect Multiplicity” is a collection of short stories. Presentation of writers and writers, although – forgive me, gentlemen – the best are written by women. The strength of this collection is that it is aimed not only at the young and fashionable, but also at authors of different ages and ranks. The anthology features stories from women born and raised in Northern Ireland, as well as writers who settled in Belfast to live and create here. And this multiplicity is downright – the title does not lie – wrongly magnificent.

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Like the heroine of her book Debbie, Louise Nealon grew up on a dairy farm. And she also studied literature at Trinity College, Dublin. Nealon didn’t believe she could write and meanwhile wrote one of the most beautiful books about growing up. Debbie has a sick mother and an alcoholic uncle. He commutes to university every day. He tries to find himself in school, in a big city, in new friendships, in sex, hugging his crumbling mother and his uncle. Snowflake is a seemingly light-hearted and fun book, but once you feel too safe in this story, you’ll be slapped in the face. I am warning you!

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22-year-old Ava has no idea for herself, so she moves to Hong Kong, where she works as an English teacher. There he also meets Julian, a young banker in exile. They start dating for wine and sex, meanwhile, Ava gets closer to the hit Edith… “Interesting Times” is an accurate, brilliant novel about modern relationships. Although Naoise Dolan did not have an easy start. Her novel came out just before the pandemic started, and the printed book had to be put away in closed bookstores… It was close by and would have gone unnoticed (very unfair!).

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The material originally appeared in the 6th issue of GLAMOR magazine.

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