No One Is Talking about This

Patricia Lockwood

fiction contemporary literary
emotional reflective slow-paced

282 pages | first published 2021

I really admire and love this book. Patricia Lockwood is a completely singular talent and this is her best, funniest, weirdest, most affecting work yet. --Sally Rooney

A furiously original novel. --Jia Tolentino

From a formidably gifted writer (The New York Times Book Review), a book that asks: Is there life after the internet?

As this urgent, genre-defying book opens, a woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts travels around the world to meet her adoring fans. She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms the portal, where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts. When existential threats--from climate change and economic precariousness to the rise of an unnamed dictator and an epidemic of loneliness--begin to loom, she posts her way deeper into the portal's void. An avalanche of images, details, and references accumulate to form a landscape that is post-sense, post-irony, post-everything. Are we in hell? the people of the portal ask themselves. Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?

Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: Something has gone wrong, and How soon can you get here? As real life and its stakes collide with the increasingly absurd antics of the portal, the woman confronts a world that seems to contain both an abundance of proof that there is goodness, empathy, and justice in the universe, and a deluge of evidence to the contrary.

Fragmentary and omniscient, incisive and sincere, No One Is Talking About This is at once a love letter to the endless scroll and a profound, modern meditation on love, language, and human connection from a singular voice in American literature.

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Moods

emotional 71%
reflective 71%
funny 65%
sad 47%
challenging 40%
dark 22%
hopeful 13%
inspiring 6%
lighthearted 5%
adventurous 4%
informative 4%
tense 4%
mysterious 2%

Pace

medium 44%
fast 36%
slow 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 50% | A mix: 32% | Plot: 9% | N/A: 7%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 49% | Yes: 38% | No: 10% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 48% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 17% | N/A: 2%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 70% | N/A: 12% | Yes: 9% | It's complicated: 8%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 56% | It's complicated: 26% | No: 15% | N/A: 0%

Average rating

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