Sally Rooney Announces New Novel, Intermezzo

Get ready to mark your calendars because Sally Rooney has just announced her next novel, Intermezzo, set to hit bookshelves this September. Following the massive success of her previous works, Rooney’s fourth novel promises to captivate readers again by exploring intricate relationships amidst the backdrop of family drama.

In Intermezzo, readers will meet Peter, a seasoned Dublin lawyer in his thirties, whose facade of success begins to crumble following his father’s passing. As Peter grapples with his newfound vulnerabilities, he finds himself entangled in a web of relationships, torn between his first love, Sylvia, and Naomi, a college student.

Meanwhile, Ivan, Peter’s socially awkward younger brother, finds solace in the world of competitive chess. However, his life takes an unexpected turn when he crosses paths with Margaret, an older woman whose presence sparks a whirlwind of intense emotions and unforeseen consequences.

True to Rooney’s signature style, Intermezzo promises a compelling narrative brimming with raw emotion and poignant insights into the human condition.

“After three miraculous books, Sally Rooney’s millions of readers will recognise the beauty and insight, the pain and hope that radiates from this new novel”, Faber’s Alex Bowler said. “But it marks an exquisite advance, too, in the work of a writer who seems so attuned to our lives, our hearts and our times.”


Having gained widespread acclaim for her previous works, including Conversations with Friends, Normal People, and Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney has solidified her position as one of the most influential voices in contemporary literature. Known for her understated yet evocative prose, Rooney has a knack for crafting stories that resonate deeply with readers, capturing the essence of modern life with remarkable authenticity.

“Since I began work on this novel several years ago, its characters and their relationships have become an important part of my life,” Rooney said in a statement. “I hope that I’ve done them some justice in writing the book, and that they might find a place in the lives of readers too.”

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It would be an understatement to say that I cannot wait for Intermezzo to come out. I’ve been a huge fan of Sally Rooney’s writing for years (you can find her books on my go-to recs) – so I’ll be looking forward to reading her new story. And I’ll make sure to keep this page updated with any details that come out as the release day approaches.

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