When you leave Ireland aged 22 to spend your parents' money, it's called a gap year. When Ava leaves Ireland aged 22 to make her own money, she's not sure what to call it, but it involves:
- a badly-paid job in Hong Kong, teaching English grammar to rich children; - Julian, who likes to spend money on Ava and lets her move into his guest room; - Edith, who Ava meets while Julian is out of town and actually listens to her when she talks; - money, love, cynicism, unspoken feelings and unlikely connections.
Exciting times ensue.
I had real fun with EXCITING TIMES. It is a very funny, spiky, Marxist, feminist comedy and it's really mean. ― Zadie Smith
Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut ― Hilary Mantel, author of WOLF HALL
Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, EXCITING TIMES announces an impressive new voice in literature.
Witty, compelling and with a razor-sharp social commentary. I guzzled it. -- Pandora Sykes
A modern love story ... astute, sardonic and highly emotionally aware ... Heralding for sure a new star in Irish writing ― Irish Times
EXCITING TIMESmore than lives up to the hype ... Likely to fill the Sally-Rooney-shaped hole in many readers' lives. ― Irish Times
Dazzling ... So brilliantly executed ... Coming-of-age love is told in technicolour ... Banging lines follow banging lines. Your underlining pen destroys the pages ... With EXCITING TIMES comes a rare and indeed exciting talent, a cacophony of our times, a treat for the socially distanced ― Irish Independent
Lucky us ... EXCITING TIMESwill brighten lockdown ... Very funny ... Extremely sharp ... Insightful and raw ― Observer
A funny, smart, contemporary love story. Perfect for fans of Sally Rooney and Emma Jane Unsworth ― Sunday Times Style
The funniest writer you will read this year... Every page crackles ... Very funny ... Ultimately a very moving story, one that occupies a small sliver of time and space, but manages a lasting emotional tinnitus ... Naoise Dolan is not the new anyone. She's entirely herself, and that's plenty ― Sunday Life, Irish Independent
About the Author
Naoise Dolan is an Irish writer born in Dublin. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. EXCITING TIMES is her first novel, an excerpt from which was published in The Stinging Fly. EXCITING TIMES has been longlisted for the Women's Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards, Dalkey Literary Awards and Waterstones Book of the Year. Naoise was also shortlisted for the Sunday Times / University of Warwick Young Writer of the Year Award in 2020.