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Normal People author Sally Rooney releases two original audio stories

Rooney's fiction engages with the social conventions of her time, as her characters navigate coming-of-age in an Ireland reeling from the decline of the Celtic Tiger.
Sally Rooney is the author of the novels Normal People and Conversations With Friends. (Jonny L. Davies/Knopf Canada)

Two of Sally Rooney's short stories are now available as an audiobook.

The Irish writer gained international attention with her second novel Normal People.

Rooney's fiction engages with the social conventions of her time, as her characters navigate coming-of-age in an Ireland reeling from the decline of the Celtic Tiger.

The new audiobook is comprised of the stories Mr. Salary and Colour and Light.

Mr. Salary is about a young woman who is about to embark on her first romantic relationship as she reflects on how her neighbour, the titular Mr. Salary, took her in after her mother's death. It is narrated by Irish actor Aoife McMahon, who won a Canadian Gemini Award in 2002 for her role in the TV miniseries Random Passage.

Colour and Light is about a young couple who watch a fireworks show together and realize they are basically strangers to each other now. It was originally published in the New Yorker in 2019 and is narrated by Irish actor and director Sam O'Mahony.

Rooney's novel Normal People is set in a fictitious town in Ireland called Carricklea. It is a coming-of-age story about two teenagers and classmates, Marianne and Connell, belonging to two different socio-economic backgrounds and opposite ends of the social hierarchy in school, who engage in an intimate relationship they are determined to keep a secret. 

Normal People won the Costa Novel Award in 2018, making Rooney the youngest write to receive that prize.

It was adapted into an acclaimed 12-episode TV series starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal, which can be streamed on CBC Gem. 

The cast and creators of Normal People talk about adapting the novel to screen. 2:45

Rooney is also the author of the novel Conversations with Friends.

The audiobook is available at most audiobook retailers.

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