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"The female friendships here are ones we’ll all recognize, and in seeing myself in each of these women - their good moments and their bad - I felt implicated in their stories, and in this book. It’s an outstanding novel.” (Mary Beth Keane, New York Times best-selling author of Ask Again, Yes)
In this sharply observed novel set in and around London, three college friends, now in their 30s, must come to terms with the gap between the lives they imagined for themselves and reality in the face of marriage, fertility struggles, and loss.
In her first year of motherhood after an unplanned pregnancy, Cate is constantly exhausted, spiraling into self-doubt and postpartum anxiety. Her husband Sam seems oblivious, but maybe she’d prefer he remain in the dark. How can she admit the unthinkable - that she misses her freedom?
In contrast, Hannah continues to endure round after round of unsuccessful IVF treatments. The process is taking its toll on her physically and emotionally - and, she worries, creating distance between her and her husband Nathan. She is godmother to Cate’s son, but every time they get together, it’s a trigger.
Beautiful and unattached, Lissa is re-evaluating what it means to be an actress in her 30s. While she fiercely resists convention, she’s also lonely. A chance encounter in the British Library with Nathan has her wondering if she missed her best chance at love when she introduced him to Hannah.
As each woman longs for what the others seemingly possess, will their bonds of friendship sustain them in this liminal phase of their lives - or will their envy and desire tear them apart?
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Slow to start but what a finish!
I thought I was going to stop the book after a few chapters, but the poetic flow kept me listening. I am so glad I kept on. This narrative touches so many milestones in a women’s life that it feels like, at different times, I am one of the characters - feeling their experiences as my own. I appreciate the relatability. I won’t spoil the ending, but I liked how it was not a fairytale. It was real life through the eyes of three very different friends. Narration was on point too!