By Emily Gould
Emily Gould's dazzling novel traces, with wit and honesty, the evolution of a friendship between two New Yorkers as they confront their thirties.
Bev Tunney and Amy Schein are best friends, but now, at thirty, they have reached a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed muster in her mid-twenties: temping, living in a shared house, drowning in debt. Amy is a fiercely charismatic media darling still riding the tailwinds of early success, but reality is catching up with her. And now Bev is unexpectedly pregnant.
As Amy and Bev are dragged into genuine adulthood, they are forced to contemplate the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart. They want to help each other but can't help themselves; want to make good decisions, but fall prey to their worst impulses. An encounter with an accomplished older woman, Sally, throws their problems into sharp relief. Emily Gould's dazzling novel traces the evolution of a friendship with wry sympathy, refreshing honesty and humour.
Emily Gould is an author, journalist and the co-founder of a feminist publishing startup, Emily Books. She has written extensively for publications including the New York Times, London Review of Books, Guardian, The Economist, Slate and Jezebel, and since 2005 has run a popular blog at emilymagazine.com. She is the author of a collection of essays, And the Heart Says Whatever, and Friendship is her debut novel.
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03 Jul 2014
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A dazzling debut — Glamour
Funny and illuminating . . . A clever, sharp novel about proper growing up — Viv Groskop, Red
Provides . . . enlightening insights into what it is to be female and coming of age in twenty-first-century New York, but there's the warm glow of real friendship too — Daily Mail
A sharp study of female friendship, that treacherous terrain where envy and deep fondness often go hand in hand — Observer
Emily Gould is massively talented, just as good at devastating us with an emotional truth as she is at amusing us with a clever joke — Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and Sisterland