Mr Salary

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Title: Mr Salary

Writer: Sally Rooney

Publishing House:  Faber & Faber

Date of Publication: February 3rd 2019 (first published April 26th 2016)

Rating: 5 stars

‘’It was in my nature to absorb large volumes of information during times of distress, like I could master the distress through intellectual dominance.’’

A young woman returns to Dublin from Boston. Her father is seriously ill and her heart is in a critical condition because she has been in love with her best friend for years. 

If you thought that unrequited love is difficult, try an on-again – off-again relationship…

‘’My love for him felt so total and so annihilating that it was often impossible for me to see him clearly at all. If he left my line of sight for more than a few seconds, I couldn’t even remember what his face looked like.’’

Can Love and its troubles be contained within 20 pages?

You bet they can. This is a melancholic, tender, sad story of that kind of love that can’t seem to find its way home, of doubts and disappointments. Of the impact our family has on our deepest feelings. Of being in love and fighting for it. Of having the courage to admit it.

This is Dublin. Beautiful and vibrant and Christmasy. And this is Love.

‘’We were predictable to each other, like two halves of the same brain. Outside the restaurant window it had started to sleet, and under the orange street lights, the wet flakes looked like punctuation marks.

I just want to know you love me.’’