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Exciting Times

(2020)
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“This debut novel about an Irish expat millennial teaching English and finding romance in Hong Kong is half Sally Rooney love triangle, half glitzy Crazy Rich Asians high living—and guaranteed to please.” Vogue 

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An intimate, bracingly intelligent debut novel about a millennial Irish expat who becomes entangled in a love triangle with a male banker and a female lawyer

Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, spends her days teaching English to rich children.

Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than "I like you a great deal."

Enter Edith. A Hong Kong–born lawyer, striking and ambitious, Edith takes Ava to the theater and leaves her tulips in the hallway. Ava wants to be her—and wants her. 

And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong... Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?

Politically alert, heartbreakingly raw, and dryly funny, Exciting Times is thrillingly attuned to the great freedoms and greater uncertainties of modern love. In stylish, uncluttered prose, Naoise Dolan dissects the personal and financial transactions that make up a life—and announces herself as a singular new voice.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Fiercely intelligent, brutally funny and written with such heart, Exciting Times announces an impressive new voice in literature." - Nathan Filer

"A funny, smart and sensitive exploration of love, privilege and bisexuality that had me gripped from the first page. Dolan's sentences are like a splash of cold water to the face in the best possible way." - Clare Fisher

"A sharp, funny account of a contemporary relationship, told tenderly and with biting, bright insight." - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

"Devastatingly perceptive and articulate in every sentence. Whenever I wasn't reading it I was worrying about the characters as if they were people I knew. It's a joy to encounter a book so compulsively readable and painfully funny while simultaneously deeply insightful on love, on sexuality, on social class, on their links as terribly inextricable in the 21st century as they ever were. Dolan is a major talent and this is a formidable debut." - Luke Kennard

"Droll, shrewd and unafraid - a winning debut." - Hilary Mantel


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June 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Exciting Times: A Novel
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
ISBN: 0-06-296874-2 / 978-0-06-296874-6 (USA edition)
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April 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Exciting Times: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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ISBN: 1-4746-1344-6 / 978-1-4746-1344-6 (UK edition)
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April 2021 : UK Paperback

Title: Exciting Times: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
ISBN: 1-4746-1346-2 / 978-1-4746-1346-0 (UK edition)
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March 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Exciting Times: A Novel
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Title: Exciting Times: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
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ISBN: 1-4746-1345-4 / 978-1-4746-1345-3 (UK edition)
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June 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Exciting Times
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ISBN: 1-09-415956-5 / 978-1-09-415956-0
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Title: Exciting Times Lib/E
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
ISBN: 1-09-415955-7 / 978-1-09-415955-3
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Title: Exciting Times: A Novel
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
ISBN: 1-09-415957-3 / 978-1-09-415957-7
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Title: Exciting Times: A Novel
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Title: Exciting Times
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Title: Exciting Times
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Title: Exciting Times
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
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June 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Exciting Times: A Novel
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
Publisher: Ecco
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April 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Exciting Times: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
Author(s): Naoise Dolan
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU