Finalist for the 2021 Booker Prize
Finalist for the Women’s Prize
Finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize
“A book that reads like a prose poem, at once sublime, profane, intimate, philosophical, witty and, eventually, deeply moving.” (New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice)
“Wow. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much reading a book. What an inventive and startling writer.... I’m so glad I read this. I really think this book is remarkable.” (David Sedaris)
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.
Named a Best Book of 2021 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, NPR, Time, Vulture, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, PopSugar, Harper's Bazaar, and Publisher's Weekly
“One of the most incisive observers of the spectacle of digital discourse.... Lockwood is a sharp and often funny social critic. She writes wisely of the emotionally labile landscape of the internet...many of her images are evocative and often beautiful.... More inventive than lapidary, Ms. Lockwood’s style is artful without being precious.... What begins as an ironical story about irony becomes an intimate and moving portrait of love and grief. In this way, a novel that had been toying with the digital surface of modern life finds the tender heart pumping away beneath it all.” (Emily Bobrow, The Wall Street Journal)
“[An] attention-grabbing mind-blower which toggles between irony and sincerity, sweetness and blight...surprisingly beautiful.... Lockwood is a master of sweeping, eminently quotable proclamations that fearlessly aim to encapsulate whole movements and eras.... It's a testament to her skills as a rare writer who can navigate both sleaze and cheese, jokey tweets and surprising earnestness, that we not only buy her character's emotional epiphany but are moved by it. Of course, people will be talking about this meaty book, and about the questions Lockwood raises about what a human being is, what a brain is, and most important, what really matters.” (NPR)
“Lockwood is sending a bulletin from the future.... [She] has set out to portray not merely a mind through language, as Joyce did, but what she calls ‘the mind’, the molting collective consciousness that has melded with her protagonist’s singular one.... Lockwood gets it right, mimicking the medium while shrewdly parodying its ethos.... God, is she funny!... Lockwood’s conceit is smart, her prose original, hugely entertaining and witty...a powerful, paradoxical observation about what digital platforms take from us.... Lockwood’s own writing takes on new depth and a more focussed, richer beauty as her protagonist gets farther from the portal and deeper into the tangible present.... Lockwood’s writing grows radiant...it is a story, simply, about love, selfless and delighted.” (Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker)