In a reversal from my last review, of a book with an autistic main character by a neurotypical author, I am now reviewing a book by an autistic author with a main character who is not identified as autistic or neurotypical. This is the 2020 novel, Exciting Times, by Naoise Dolan.
Short review: I did not dislike it. I was pleasantly surprised.
We all experience the routine of choosing particular words for particular people as part of moving through the world. But there are situations where your focus narrows just as if your conversation was a pivotal scene in a novel. When you are autistic (a lot of the time) and when you are trying to attract someone important, and especially when you are trying to do both.