No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood
This 2021 Women's Prize shortlistee was recommended to us by the brilliant Vicki Kellaway.
Vicki is a writer, editor and university lecturer in Colombia and she takes words very seriously!
After recommending we read No One Is Talking About This she joined us on the podcast to make her case for why this book is a work of genius.
Lockwood's debut novel makes a brilliant talking point. Unconventional in its style but very of the moment in terms of content, it examines the utter madness of our on-screen lives and personas, while weaving through a tragic narrative that'll stay with you for days.
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.
Read the book, listen to the podcast, and tell us what you think.