From the master of literary domestic drama, a page-turning novel that dissects the complexities of female friendships and the choices that define women's lives.
It is Eleanor who starts the Friday nights. Watching from her window as two young women make their separate ways along the street below, struggling with their small children and palpably lonely, she makes the decision to invite them in, open a bottle of Chianti and see what happens. Though reticent at first, the younger women accept - Paula bringing her young son Toby, and the recently widowed Lindsay, baby Noah.
As the weeks and months pass, a ritual is born, the circle widening to include six very different women, each of whom faces a different aspect of the many challenges that confront women today: single parenting, keeping a marriage alive, balancing work and home, finding a career. The women support each other, provide solace, laugh at the daily pitfalls of family and professional life.
But when Paula meets the charismatic Jackson, something changes: teetering in her new red heels, she gives off a nervous energy that makes the group uneasy. Can one woman falling in love upset the equilibrium of their friendships, or worse, end them entirely? It is the beginning of a phase that will test the close bonds that have been forged by the women over their years of Friday nights.
With wit and warmth Joanna Trollope opens a window onto six very different women's lives, their passions and their sorrows, and explores with insight and humanity the shifting currents of friendship.
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March 01, 2008
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