by Rachel Connolly
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2023
W. W. Norton & Company, Liveright
An essential debut novel of modern Belfast that sings a tender hymn to messy love, quiet grief, and the hangovers in between.
Everyone Erin knows feels like an acquaintance. Back in Belfast after abruptly leaving graduate school, she numbly teeters through the aftermath of losing her best friend to an accident she doesn’t want to talk about. But it’s easy to get into a rhythm in the Lazy City; a simple housekeeping job provides refuge, as do evenings at a cocktail lounge where her friend tends bar and she drinks for free.
In quick succession, she meets an American man who is looking to get lost, and falls back in with the local man who both comforts and confounds her. Suddenly, she finds herself wandering into churches, where, musing on these relationships—and her equally complicated relationship to faith—she gingerly confronts her grief.
Written with mordant wit and surprising sympathy, Lazy City announces Rachel Connolly as an uncannily perceptive new voice for a city that “shows all its history, all its personality, all the time.”
About the Author: Rachel Connolly is a London-based writer from Belfast. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Guardian, Baffler, Financial Times, and many other publications.
"A pitch-perfect portrait of a 20-something whose life has been thrown off course, it is hard not to fall in love with the chaotic but charming Erin. As steeped in grief as it's soaked in booze, this vividly written debut is mordantly witty and profoundly moving." - Bookseller, Editor's Choice
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Loved this book, this will be my recommendation in our newsletter. Such great writing, totally nails the feeling of being a little too old to be lost and directionless. The way Erin deals with grief and loss and break ups and a truly terrible Mother had me riveted, not to mention the most accurate descriptions of various hangovers.
Charming and witty, Lazy City is a novel that has the power to make us all feel a little more human. The main character Erin is hilariously relatable as she navigates complex relationships with her mother, her faith and men, all while grieving the loss of her best friend. The dry humor complimented the gloomy Belfast setting perfectly. I adore this book for highlighting how complex our lives can feel at times, and reminding us we're never alone.