Normal People follows the lives of two young, seemingly normal people, Connell and Marianne. The pair grew up in the same small town, but any similarities between them end there. At school, Connell is popular and adored, while Marianne is a bit of a loner. But when the two strike up a simple conversation—awkward but electrifying—something begins to shift. And it might just be life changing.
A year later, when both Connell and Marianne are studying at the historic Trinity College, their social standing has changed. Marianne has effortlessly found her feet in a new world while Connell is shy and uncertain. They continue to orbit one another, straying at times toward other people and opportunities, but finding themselves drawn together, irresistibly and magnetically. As Marianne veers into self-destruction, and Connell begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must decide how far they will go to save the other.
Normal People is a story of mutual fascination, friendship, lust and love. It brilliantly explores the complexities of family, the unspoken subtleties of class, and the electricity of first love. It takes the reader on a journey, alongside our deeply flawed protagonists, who for reasons even they don’t understand are simply meant to be together.
Rooney’s story is deeply affecting and at times quite exhilarating, but it is also comforting, familiar and warm. So, we believe it is the perfect book to read while curled up in bed with your lover at your side. This is why we have paired it with our Nightingale scent, a fragrance that is intoxicating, heady and feminine, and one that pays homage to selfless, true love.
Feel free and welcome to share your thoughts about the book and any nuggets of wisdom you discover within its pages. And, if any significant memories arise when you burn your candle or read Rooney’s words, we invite you to share them, too. We mean it when we say that stories and scent are one and the same, and they might be our greatest loves of all.