Friends Like Us
By Lauren Fox
(Dreamscape Media, Compact Disc, 9781611205480)
Publication Date: February 2012
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?
Lauren Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Utne, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter.
Amy Rubinate has been a professional actor and singer for over a decade. She has narrated and provided character voices for many interactive children’s books, toys and video games. Her one-woman cabaret shows have been performed in New York and San Francisco. Amy has a degree in Oral Interpretation of Literature, and won state and national awards for poetry reading.
Starred review. "Pure Emily Griffin...hard emotional truths go down easily amid smart, rapid-fire wit. A pure if heartbreaking pleasure." - Booklist
"...funny and bittersweet...a surprisingly realistic and complex conclusion...A thoughtful, delicate book." - Publishers Weekly
"Fox has a talent for language and her wounded, witty Willa is a remarkably complex creation...Moving, artfully written..." - Kirkus Reviews