A NovelBook - 2008
From the master of literary domestic drama, a page-turning novel that dissects the complexities of female friendship and the choices that define women's lives.
It is Eleanor who starts the Friday night get-togethers. From her window she sees two young women, with small children, separate, struggling, and plainly lonely--and decides to ask them in.
What began as a lark soon becomes a ritual, and the circle widens to include six very different women. They range in age from Jules, who is twenty-two and wants to be a DJ, to Eleanor herself, a retired professional who walks with a stick. They include one wife, three mothers, three singles, and five working women. All of them, variously, value Friday nights.
Until one of them meets a man--an enigmatic, significant man--and the whole dynamic changes. The bonds that have been so closely forged are tested--and some of them break.
With wit and warmth, Joanna Trollope explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of modern female friendship.
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Do you know . . . these days, I seem to save getting upset for the big things.
Men aren't a career, you know. A man isn't your life's work, however much he'd like to be.
He had taken his BlackBerry out of his inside pocket several times at the beginning of the session and looked at it longingly. When Blaise asked him to turn it off, he obeyed as if suffering excruciating physical pain in so doing. He was plainly thinking about it now with a kind of craving. His hand fluttered up involuntarily towards his pocket. His eyes were slightly glazed.
It drives a wedge. In friendships. If you don't like someone's partner. You know it does.
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