No One Is Talking About This

No One Is Talking About This

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As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms "the portal," where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. "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 increasingly absurd antics 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.

Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.

Title:No One Is Talking About This
ISBN:9780593189580
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  • Roxane

    I understand what this novel was trying to do and it is witty and at times genuinely moving. It does feel like two novels in one. The first is a novel about what it means to be Very Online and if you ...

  • s.penkevich

    ‘A mind was merely something trying to make it in the world.’Doomscrolling, thirst traps, subtweets, chonky bois, stans, sliding into DMs, shouting YAS or saying a MOOD tbh… the landscape of soc...

  • Candi

    “The people who lived in the portal were often compared to those legendary experiment rats who kept hitting a button over and over to get a pellet. But at least the rats were getting a pellet, or th...

  • Marchpane

    Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize 2021 No One is Talking About This is surely going to divide opinion—you’ll either think it’s brilliant or massively overhyped. Put me in the former camp.T...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    Now deservedly shortlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize. For an appropriately meme themed review see herehttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show... “Stream-of-consciousness…. Stream-of-consciousness...

  • Meike

    Now Nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2021 This autofictional account of grief could be deeply moving, if it wasn't so disparate and full of gratuitous non-insights about digital communicati...

  • Peter Boyle

    I was a huge fan of Patricia Lockwood's memoir Priestdaddy, a book I have recommended to many people. A couple of years ago, I heard her speak at an event in Dublin with Sally Rooney and thought she w...

  • Steph

    no one is talking about this absolutely defied my expectations and made me sob.i'm less engaged in social media than most people my age, so i was worried that this book wouldn't resonate with me. but...

  • Pedro

    Come on, publishers of the world , where’s your good taste and imagination? How the hell do you expect anyone to open a book with this “Hallelujah, Jesus is our saviour” kind of cover? This is r...

  • Blair

    I'm well aware I'm going to be an outlier on this one, but I'm not deliberately trying to have a contrary take – it just didn't do anything much for me. Feels a few years out of date despite its s...