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THE NEW NORMAL

ALREADY A HUGE HIT IN THE U.K., NORMAL PEOPLE IS THE BUZZIEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR—AND ITS 28-YEAR-OLD AUTHOR, SALLY ROONEY, IS BEING HAILED AS THE ROMANTIC, HYPER-INTELLIGENT VOICE OF HER GENERATION. JUST DON’T TELL HER THAT.

SALLY ROONEY IS TALKING ABOUT TWITTER. HOW SHE LOVES scrolling through the app for its stupid jokes. How she happily absorbs its many hot takes, as well as the “cycles of people disagreeing with the previous hot take.” How she can’t seem to quit it. “I read my timeline obsessively,” she admits. “I’m always looking at tweets and liking tweets.” Speaking on a crisp mid-March evening from a writing retreat in the hills of Tuscany, Italy, Rooney comes across as chipper, energized, and revealing, just as you’d expect of a clever 28-year-old discussing social media. But she turns suddenly cerebral as she continues: “I used to tweet all the time without thinking about it, but now I’m much more cautious. That’s partly from just getting older, and partly from becoming a very, very minor public figure.”

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