With Friends Like These
By Sally Koslow
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345506238, 352pp.)
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
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Quincy, Talia, Chloe, and Jules met after answering a roommate ad for an apartment. Despite having little in common, the women became fast friends. A decade later, Quincy, a Midwestern introvert, is trying to overcome a set of tragedies by hunting for the perfect home; Talia, a high-energy California wife and mom, is growing resentful of her friends’ greater financial stability; timid Chloe, from New England and also a mother, is trying to deflect pressure from her husband, a hedge fund manager, to play the role of trophy wife; and Jules, a fiercely independent New York City native and entrepreneur, is confronting her forties alone.
As the women wrestle with the challenges of love and motherhood, will their relationships survive? Witty and wise, Sally Koslow’s With Friends Like These hits an emotional bull’s-eye for anyone who has had—or even been—a less than perfect pal. This high-five to sisterhood will leave you certain that close friends can never be replaced.
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Sally Koslow is the author of With Friends Like These, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx and Little Pink Slips. Her essays have been published in More, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Observer, among other publications. She was the editor in chief of both McCall’s and Lifetime, was an editor at Mademoiselle and Woman’s Day, and teaches creative writing at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. The mother of two sons, she lives in New York City with her husband.
“A refreshingly honest look at friendships and how they change over time . . . The rich details make every page worth reading.”—Charleston Post and Courier
“Smart, raw, and achingly real . . . a trove of wit and wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly
“Koslow examines the intricate and complex tableaux that is female friendship . . . with a refreshing, and sometimes startling, honesty.”—Bookreporter.com
“[A] witty reflection on sisterhood.”—More
“Very wise . . . You should find yourself rushing to the end, wondering if the women will ever be able to restore their friendships.”—Connecticut Post