Friends Like Us

Friends Like Us

A Novel

Book - 2012
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With her critically acclaimed debut novel, Still Life with Husband, Lauren Fox established herself as a wise and achingly funny chronicler of domestic life and was hailed as "a delightful new voice in American fiction, a voice that instantly recalls the wry, knowing prose of Lorrie Moore" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times ). Fox's new novel glitters with these pleasures--fearless wordplay, humor, and nuance--and asks us the question at the heart of every friendship: What would you give up for a friend's happiness?
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 ("The path to enlightenment is steep" and "Oolong ! Farewell!"), while Jane cleans houses and writes poetry about it, rhyming "dust" with "lust," and "clog of hair" with "fog of despair." 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?
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307268112
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fox, Lauren
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 23 cm


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Captures the quarter-life crisis and the awkward transition from college life to real-life. The thing that really got me was the way the characters spoke to each other - it reminded me of the allusion-heavy, inside joke-y banter I used to share with my friends in college, way back in the olden days.

Oct 19, 2013


Oct 10, 2012

this book needs to go to kaiser library........friends like us

Jun 29, 2012

It's definately realistic, and doesn't have that 'fairytale' ending you'd like it too. But that is not the reason why I didn't like this book. It was like whatever.

Jun 27, 2012

This story will resonate to anyone who has experienced a falling out with a best friend or family member. It is heartbreaking.

May 14, 2012

It's a sad book, the main character is emotionally stunted and eventually gets abandoned by her main people by the end of it all. The question this book really tries to ask is what's more important, true love or true friendship and what happens when you put that into jeopardy. The book comes on the side of friendship and given how things play out, the way decisions are made you wonder at the genius of the author because Lauren Fox did a great job keeping what happens close to the vest.


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