My Review:“This debut novel about an Irish expat millennial teaching English and finding romance in Hong Kong is half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living—and guaranteed to please.” — Vogue
An intimate, bracingly intelligent debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyer
Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.
Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than "I like you a great deal."
Enter Edith. A Hong Kong–born lawyer, striking and ambitious, Edith takes Ava to the theater and leaves her tulips in the hallway. Ava wants to be her—and wants her.
And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong... Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?
Politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny, Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love. In stylish, uncluttered prose, Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life—and announces herself as a singular new voice.
This was compared to Crazy Rich Asians but it reminded me a lot more of Normal People aside from being set in Hong Kong. If you like a lot of internal monologue versus a lot of action, you may really like this book. I liked it a lot and was surprised by it but it was slow at times and frustrating at times because so many things involving a lack a communication. There are a lot of interesting conversations, which feel very real and flow nicely but there could have been just a bit more action.
Exciting Times comes out next month on June 2, 2020, and you can purchase HERE. If you love Sally Rooney (like me!!), I would definitely try this one but I also HIGHLY recommend Writers & Lovers by Lily King (the best book I've read this year)!!
I'd been a pliable child and I wondered if it was obvious, even then, that I would never be an artist. If a teacher had told me to put in line-breaks, I'd have sliced up my words like ham in order to please them.