Book Title and Author: The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
Publication Date and Publisher: June 4, 2019 by Berkley
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Pages: 384 pages
Buy on Amazon.com
Date Read: May 17, 2019 (paper copy from the publisher)
The Friends We Keep is the warm and wise new novel from Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House
Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known each other since university. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and none of them ever found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.
Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man.
Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with at university, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause.
Topher became a successful actor but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.
By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness… until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.
The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.
There’s a reason I’ve been reading every book Jane Green has ever written since I first picked up Jemima J in 2001 and will always read her books―she’s wise, engaging, warm, funny, and knows how to bring those qualities alive into her books. Every time I read one of her books, I have felt like I’m having a conversation with a good friend and The Friends We Keep was no different. Her writing is just so authentic and moving, and I think this is one of her best books yet. I hope you read it and think so too!
What I love so much about her newest novel is it’s a moving, compelling novel about the closest of friendships and how they not only can survive decades but the darkest of secrets. The friendship between Evvie, Maggie, and Topher that begins when they are college roommates until they reconnect again thirty years later is truly the focal point of this novel although there is definitely romantic entanglement that provides for some of the novel’s secrets.
As Green brilliantly switches back and forth from each of the character’s POV, we watch them go from college throughout their adult lives: relationships, lovers, careers, successes, failures, mistakes, love, pain, heartbreak, secrets, and lies. Can their lifelong friendship handle the secrets and lies?
This is such a compelling read about love and friendship, and it felt so realistic to me since I know that I have friends who I could go through anything with, not speak to for years, and then pick up our relationship where we left off. That’s why I say Green’s writing is just so authentic and real―she gets human nature and relationships in such a wonderful way. I know that I will read anything Jane Green writes, and I couldn’t encourage you more to add this wonderful book to your summer reading list.
**Thank you, Berkley for the gifted advance copy. All opinions are my own.**