Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Exciting Times

Naoise Dolan

A tale of ex-pat twenty-something millennials, filtered through the cultural perspectives of gender, sexuality, class, and race differences, as in the current zeitgeist. Sparky dialogue and banter between the protagonists disguise the hidden meanings, motivations and power dynamics in their relationships, whilst the reader can expect more of an interesting experience - as in the Chinese proverb - rather than the exciting times of the title.

Extract

If the Irish didn’t aspirate and the English did then they were right, but if we did and the English didn’t then they were still right. The English taught us English to teach us they were right. I was teaching my students the same about white people. If I said things one way and their live-in Filipino nanny said them another, they were meant to defer to me.

Parallels
  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh