A sharp and addictive modern debut set in Dublin, about female friendship and our obsession with being online – from an exciting new voice in Irish fiction
‘Extraordinary’ Naoise Dolan
‘Seriously good’ Louise Nealon
PICKED AS ‘ONE TO WATCH’ FOR 2022 BY IRISH TIMES, STYLIST AND IRISH INDEPENDENT
Dublin student life is ending for Sophie and her friends. They’ve got everything figured out, and Sophie feels left behind as they all start to go their separate ways. She’s overshadowed by her best friend Grace. She’s been in love with Finn for as long as she’s known him. And she’s about to meet Rory, who’s suddenly available to her online.
At a party, what was already unstable completely falls apart and Sophie finds herself obsessively scrolling social media, waiting for something (anything) to happen.
None of This Is Serious is about the uncertainty and absurdity of being alive today. It’s about balancing the real world with the online, and the vulnerabilities in yourself, your relationships, your body. At its heart, this is a novel about the friendships strong enough to withstand anything.
“An extraordinary novel. None of This Is Serious brilliantly explores the impossibility to “come of age” in end times, where screens are so contiguous to experience that no-one is ever truly online or offline. She writes truthfully and with affectless nuance about the labyrinthine workings of friend groups and the defences women scramble for in a world that still hates us”
Naoise Dolan, Author Of Exciting Times
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“I inhaled None of This Is Serious. I’ve been waiting for a fictional story that reflects the all-consuming influence that the Internet has on my life. None of This Is Serious is that story. A compulsively readable, fresh and painfully accurate description of the way we live now. Don’t let the title fool you. It is serious. Seriously good”
Louise Nealon, Author Of Snowflake
“Edgy … [Prasifka] has a painfully raw and acute gift for catching the way things are”
“I absolutely LOVED this novel. Beautifully crafted”
Emma Gannon, Author Of Olive
“Fortunately, [Prasifka] doesn’t need any sprinkling of Rooney’s fairy dust; she makes her own magic. In the seriously good None of This is Serious, the 26-year-old author conveys what it’s like to be a young woman today navigating life in Dublin and online … She is an astute observer of the social dynamics of her generation”
Catherine Prasifka was born in Dublin in 1996. She studied English Literature at Trinity College Dublin and has an MLitt in Fantasy from the University of Glasgow. She has competed in both the European Debating Championships and the World Championships. She is obsessed with learning about how stories work and has ruined nearly all of her favourite books and movies by overanalysing them. She works as a creative writing teacher in Dublin. None of This Is Serious is her first novel.