The Sally Rooney Essay You Haven't Read

'Even if you beat me' is widely considered to be the piece that launched Rooney's career.

Castlebar-native Sally Rooney has been hailed as the first great millennial novelist for her stories of love and late capitalism.

The former number one debater in Europe wrote Conversations With Friends over three months while studying for a master’s in American literature at Trinity College in Dublin.

A short year later, she found herself caught in the middle of a seven-way tussle between publishers vying for the rights – a remarkable situation for any novelist, let alone a 26-year-old who had only recently finished her thesis.

Faber emerged from the battle victorious, and since the release of her book, which came out late May in the U.K., and earlier this month in the States, Rooney’s writing has been compared to that of Sheila Heti and Edna O’Brien, described by Kazuo Ishiguro as a “moment of real significance”.

Her second book Normal People developed so strong a cult following that, subsequently, she has been referred to as the Salinger of the Snapchat generation. 

Readers internationally can't get enough of the young writer, who, overnight, became a household name. 

Thankfully, the 2015 essay that launched her to the highest heights of the literary sphere has been found and is open to all to read. 

Even If You Beat Me, for the Dublin Review, opens with a bus crash in Chennai, East India. You can read that here

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