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Friends Like Us

Lauren Fox

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ISBN 10: 1611205484 / ISBN 13: 9781611205480
Published by Dreamscape Media, 2012
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Title: Friends Like Us

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Audio CD

Book Condition:New

Edition: Unabridged.

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For Willa Jacobs, seeing her best friend, Jane Weston, is like looking in a mirror on a really good day. Strangers assume they are sisters, a comparison Willa secretly enjoys. They share an apartment, clothing, and groceries, eking out rent with part-time jobs. Willa writes advertising copy, dreaming up inspirational messages for tea bags, while Jane cleans houses and writes poetry about it. Together Willa and Jane are a fortress of private jokes and shared opinions, with a friendship so close there's hardly room for anyone else. But when Ben, Willa's oldest friend, reappears and falls in love with Jane, Willa wonders: Can she let her two best friends find happiness with each other if it means leaving her behind?

Review:

"A funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship." --Stephan Lee, "Entertainment Weekly
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"The book is funny, breezing along as it nails its Gen-Y characters . . . It's a strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it's her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make "Friends Like Us" memorable." --Robin Micheli, "People"
"Love triangles are as old as love itself, so how to make a novel about the shaky geometry of romance feel fresh? Lauren Fox, in her second novel, succeeds admirably, partly because she places her twenty-something characters against a grim backdrop of economic uncertainty and the not-quite-healed wounds of parental failures. This is a snarky, punny group of friends . . . but in the end, what elevates this book above chick-lit status are its deeper insights." --Kate Tuttle, "The Boston Globe"
"As I read Lauren Fox's new novel, I dog-eared pages with witty lines, or impressively bitter ones, or ones that made me laugh. Please forgive me, Alfred A. Knopf, for what I've done to your book. I hadn't intended to make origami out of it. . . . I've sometimes marveled at the multilayered closeness of the friendships between some women I know, to the point of occasionally wondering why they would even need men around, except for the pesky sex thing. Fox has drawn a sharp portrait of such a female friendship, inscribing both the joys and the needs that maintain its bonds while also illuminating the countervailing forces that could send its partners flying apart." --Jim Higgins, "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Lauren Fox's heartbreaking second novel is about the intense bonds between women--and how they change when your friend dates your soulmate. It's a perfect girly page-turner for cozy winter nights." --"Glamour"
"In this charming novel from the critically acclaimed author of "Still Life with Husband, "26-year-old Willa and her best friend Jane are inse

"[Fox] infuses her writing with a clever, unforced humor. . . . As I finished "Friends Like Us" I did not despair, but reminisced about that bittersweet time of life that Fox captures perfectly with a writing style that rings with the familiarity of a long-lost friend." --Meganne Fabrega, "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
"Creative characters give Fox the opportunity for playful narration, puns and clever dialogue. Willa especially can be counted on for comedy, whether she is being introduced to someone's fiance called Rich ('I'm not sure whether she's telling us his name or describing him') or trying to remember the name of a vegetarian restaurant (was it 'Tempeh Tantrum, ' 'Soy to the World' or 'Gluten-berg Bible'?). Willa's multifarious humor is well matched by Jane's quieter presence. But their tidy friendship is interrupted by the return of Willa's best friend from high school, Ben. . . . Fox proves herself here, as in her first book, attracted to the crumbling, collapsing character of friendships as well as romances." --Casey N. Cep, "San Francisco Chronicle
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"A funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship." --Stephan Lee, "Entertainment Weekly
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"The book is funny, breezing along as it nails its Gen-Y characters . . . It's a strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it's her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make "Friends Like Us" memorable." --Robin Micheli, "People"
"Love triangles are as old as love itself, so how to make a novel about the shaky geometry of romance feel fresh? Lauren Fox, in her second novel, succeeds admirably, partly because she places her twenty-something characters against a grim backdrop of economic uncertainty and the not-quite-healed wounds of parental failures. This is a snarky, punny group of friends . . . but in the end, what elevates this book above chick-lit status are its deeper insights." --Kate Tuttle, "The Boston Globe"

"[A] poignant comedy. . . . That sprinkling of despair and humor is typical of Fox, who . . . established herself as a chronicler of contemporary marriage and adultery. She's in love with language and can squeeze laughs out of the worst situations while depicting nuanced, complicated characters. Her prose is intelligent. . . . This novel is ultimately about trust, betrayal and forgiveness. Fox makes you care about Willa and everyone else in "Friends Like Us" long after you've finished." --Lisa Page, "The Washington Post
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"[Fox] infuses her writing with a clever, unforced humor. . . . As I finished "Friends Like Us" I did not despair, but reminisced about that bittersweet time of life that Fox captures perfectly with a writing style that rings with the familiarity of a long-lost friend." --Meganne Fabrega, "Minneapolis Star Tribune"
"Creative characters give Fox the opportunity for playful narration, puns and clever dialogue. Willa especially can be counted on for comedy, whether she is being introduced to someone's fiance called Rich ('I'm not sure whether she's telling us his name or describing him') or trying to remember the name of a vegetarian restaurant (was it 'Tempeh Tantrum, ' 'Soy to the World' or 'Gluten-berg Bible'?). Willa's multifarious humor is well matched by Jane's quieter presence. But their tidy friendship is interrupted by the return of Willa's best friend from high school, Ben. . . . Fox proves herself here, as in her first book, attracted to the crumbling, collapsing character of friendships as well as romances." --Casey N. Cep, "San Francisco Chronicle
"
"A funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship." --Stephan Lee, "Entertainment Weekly
"
"The book is funny, breezing along as it nails its Gen-Y characters . . . It's a strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it's her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make "Friends Like Us" memorable.

"[A] hilarious, heartbreaking novel." --"Marie Claire"
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"A strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it's her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make "Friends Like Us" memorable." --"People"
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""Friends Like Us" is at once a hilarious page-turner and a wise meditation on friendship, marriage, and the ways in which our parents' mistakes so often shape our lives." --J. Courtney Sullivan, author of "Maine
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"[A] poignant comedy. . . . Fox makes you care about Willa and everyone else in "Friends Like Us" long after you've finished." --"The Washington Post "
"Reading "Friends Like Us" is like finding an old photograph of yourself when you were in your twenties.... Fox will have you laughing and crying and calling your best friend in the middle of the night." --Rebecca Rasmussen, author of "The Bird Sisters"
"A perfect . . . page-turner for cozy winter nights." --"Glamour "
"Fox has drawn a sharp portrait of . . . female friendship, inscribing both the joys and the needs that maintain its bonds while also illuminating the countervailing forces that could send its partners flying apart." --"Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel"
"Rings with the familiarity of a long-lost friend." --"Minneapolis Star-Tribune "
"Fox delivers a punch (and a story I can't stop thinking about) with her surprising and deeply honest novel." --Laura Dave, author of "The First Husband"
"A funny, astute examination of the fragility of friendship." --"Entertainment Weekly "
""Friends Like Us," with delicacy and humor, captures the ambiguities of attraction in an ironic age." --"Vogue "
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"Absolutely killer. . . . It's a punch in the gut, watching how friendships change as these women move into adulthood." --Eleanor Brown, author of "The Weird Sisters "
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"Willa's multifarious humor is well matched by Jane's quieter presence. . . . Fox proves herself here, as in her first book, attracted to the crumbling, collapsing character of friendships as well as romances." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
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"How to make a novel about the shaky geometry of romance feel fresh? Lauren Fox, in her second novel, succeeds admirably, partly because she places her twenty-something characters against a grim backdrop of economic uncertainty and the not-quite-healed wounds of parental failures." --"The Boston Globe"
"Sure to resonate with anyone who has experienced regrets and complications in a super-close friendship. . . . This is a story filled with true-to-life people complete with their messy relationships and salted with hilarious word play and other witticisms that don't take away from the poignancy of the plot. To sum up: Pure. Enjoyment." --"Bookreporter "
"The hard emotional truths go down easily amid the smart, rapid-fire wit. A pure if heartbreaking pleasure." --"Booklist" (starred review)
"Dazzlingly entertaining and utterly engaging, "Friends Like Us" draws an intimate sketch of need and loss, crosshatched by friendship and love. Willa is funny, fallible, and fierce as she navigates family's inexorable pull and the self's desire for individual orbit. Fox's gorgeous novel grapples with ordinary truths in an extraordinary way, and will leave you paying more attention to the people who matter to you most." --Gwendolen Gross, author of "The Orphan Sister"
"Wounded, witty Willa is a remarkably complex creation. Moving, artfully written." --"Kirkus Reviews"
""Friends Like Us" is smart, funny, and winning, but the thing that strikes me most about it is how honest it is. Lauren Fox perfectly captures the way best friends love each other, make each other laugh, and sometimes, at their worst moments, break each other's hearts." --Lauren Grodstein, author of "A Friend of the Family"

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