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An intimate bracingly intelligent debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyerAva moved to Hong Kong to find happiness but so far it isn’t working out Since she left Dublin she’s been spending her days teaching English to rich children she’s been assigned the grammar classes because she lacks warmth and her nights avoiding petulant roommates in her cramped apartmentWhen Ava befriends Julian a witty British banker he offers a shortcut into a lavish life. 2 stars rounded up to 3 I felt I had hitherto woefully misdirected my energies in attempting to cultivate a personality If you didn t have one uinze dias debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyerAva moved to Hong Kong to find happiness but so far it isn’t working out Since she left Dublin she’s been spending her Cheating for the Chicken Man days teaching English to rich children she’s been assigned the grammar classes because she lacks warmth and her nights avoiding petulant roommates in her cramped apartmentWhen Ava befriends Julian a witty British banker he offers a shortcut into a lavish life. 2 stars rounded up to 3 I felt I had hitherto woefully misdirected my energies in attempting to cultivate a personality If you The Last Runaway didn t have one

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Her meager salary could never allow Ignoring her feminist leanings and her better instincts Ava finds herself moving into Julian’s apartment letting him buy her clothes and eventually striking up a sexual relationship with him When Julian’s job takes him back to London she stays put unsure where their relationship standsEnter Edith A Hong Kong–born lawyer striking and ambitious Edith takes Ava to the theater and leaves her tulips in the hallway Ava wants to be her and wants her Ava has been carefully pretending that Julian is not. Naoise Dolan has been trying to distinguish herself from Sally Rooney The problem is Exciting Times is essentially a ueer novel in the style of Roo

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Hing than an absentee roommate so when Julian announces that he’s returning to Hong Kong she faces a fork in the road Should she return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with EdithPolitically alert heartbreakingly raw and dryly funny Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love In stylish uncluttered prose Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life and announces herself as a singular new voic. 25 rounded downI think my reaction to this debut novel is both a uestion of being the wrong audience it s not you it s me in other words and also b Cheating for the Chicken Man dryly funny Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love In stylish uncluttered prose Naoise Dolan The Last Runaway dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life and announces herself as a singular new voic. 25 rounded On Tidy Endings downI think my reaction to this Flat World Navigation debut novel is both a uestion of being the wrong audience it s not you it s me in other words and also b

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  • Exciting Times
  • Naoise Dolan
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  • 10 June 2018
  • 9780062968746

About the Author: Naoise Dolan

Exciting Times had an excerpt published in The Stinging Fly by



10 thoughts on “Exciting Times

  1. says:

    2 ½ stars rounded up to 3“I felt I had hitherto woefully misdirected my energies in attempting to cultivate a personality If you didn’t have one then that left room for everyone else’s”With so many professional reviewers hailing Exciting Times as one of the best debut novels of 2020 praising Naoise Dolan for her wit and her razor s

  2. says:

    I can see why Sally Rooney is endorsing this Debut novelist Naoise Dolan tells the story of 22 year old Ava who just moved from Ireland to Hongkong trying to figure out what to do with her life She holds a poorly paid job as an English teacher and befriends Julian a rich English banker six years her senior Lonely and broke Ava moves

  3. says:

    25 starsSo dreary definitely not exciting Exciting Times is told from Ava’s perspective Ava is an Irish expat living in Ho

  4. says:

    This novel is a tedious account of one girl’s romantic flings during a year of living and working in Hong Kong Heavily influenced by Sally Rooney’s ‘Normal People’ in terms of the tiresome indecisiveness about committing to a relationship it’s as if ‘Exciting Times’ is just ‘Normal People’ set in China with some extra LGBT content packed in Told from a first person narrative of the main charac

  5. says:

    Naoise Dolan has been trying to distinguish herself from Sally Rooney The problem is 'Exciting Times' is essentially a ueer novel in the style of Rooney The prose is spare and frustrating and the book itself kind of makes me just want to shrug and say 'So?' I'm starting to hate the term 'millennial fiction' Beca

  6. says:

    Oh my goodness This book is incredibly fine Now I know what the phrase ‘razor sharp wit’ really means On a sentence level the novel delivers one perfect zinger after another Dolan is particularly good at capturing the wa

  7. says:

    Exciting Times is the most Sally Rooney book to have not been penned by Sally Rooney  In a way that statement is overly reductive of Naoise Dolan's fresh and distinctive voice but still the fact remains if you don't find Sally Roo

  8. says:

    If you think this book is going to be like Normal People it isn't 25 stars Having seen the comparison floating around I was excited to give this book a shot I also knew that the main character was bisexual so that was ano

  9. says:

    25 rounded downI think my reaction to this debut novel is both a uestion of being the wrong audience 'it's not you it's m

  10. says:

    The I think about this novel the it suffers in my estimations Sigh Here goes apologies if this review gets a bit rantyExciting Times follows Ava a 22 year old from Dublin who on graduation from uni moves to Hong Kong to work as a TEFL teacher Ava soon meets Julian a British banker and not long after she moves in with him mostly t

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