Friday Nights

Friday Nights

A Novel

Book - 2008
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From the master of literary domestic drama, a page-turning novel that dissects the complexities of female friendship and the choices that define women's lives.
It is Eleanor who starts the Friday night get-togethers. From her window she sees two young women, with small children, separate, struggling, and plainly lonely--and decides to ask them in.
What began as a lark soon becomes a ritual, and the circle widens to include six very different women. They range in age from Jules, who is twenty-two and wants to be a DJ, to Eleanor herself, a retired professional who walks with a stick. They include one wife, three mothers, three singles, and five working women. All of them, variously, value Friday nights.
Until one of them meets a man--an enigmatic, significant man--and the whole dynamic changes. The bonds that have been so closely forged are tested--and some of them break.
With wit and warmth, Joanna Trollope explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of modern female friendship.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781596914070
Branch Call Number: TROLLOPE
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 25 cm.


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Oct 19, 2011

Do you know . . . these days, I seem to save getting upset for the big things.

Oct 19, 2011

Men aren't a career, you know. A man isn't your life's work, however much he'd like to be.

Oct 19, 2011

He had taken his BlackBerry out of his inside pocket several times at the beginning of the session and looked at it longingly. When Blaise asked him to turn it off, he obeyed as if suffering excruciating physical pain in so doing. He was plainly thinking about it now with a kind of craving. His hand fluttered up involuntarily towards his pocket. His eyes were slightly glazed.

Oct 19, 2011

It drives a wedge. In friendships. If you don't like someone's partner. You know it does.

Oct 19, 2011

grown-ups often appeared to be very certain of how to behave until circumstances actually required them to behave like that, whereupon they seemed to think it was perfectly OK to make new rules, just for them.


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Apr 30, 2017

A good story about friendship among women. A rather abrupt ending. Did not seem finished off somehow.

Jan 26, 2015

Perhaps not quite up to the standard of some of her other books, but that's being kinda nit-picky. Everything she writes is worth reading. In Friday Nights, she describes a group of women who meet for support and friendship, and whose world is turned into turmoil when one of the women meets a man she wants to introduce to their circle. Trouble follows!! But not chick-lit trouble, actual believable trouble.


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