From the publisher:
The Friends We Keep is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of The Sunshine Sisters and The Beach House.
Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted—the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible.
Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man.
Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with in college, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause.
Topher became a successful actor, but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy.
By their thirtieth reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness…until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything.
The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.
I have been a Jane Green fan since her first book (Jemima J) and I’ve read every book since. I’ve never been disappointed. In fact, I’m usually gobsmacked about how this author just keeps turning out one terrific story after another. I had this one on my Kindle and also received a print galley, which I gave to my 93 year old mother-in-law. She reads a lot and rarely says much about the books I give her, but this time, she raved – and so did I.
These characters are so well drawn I couldn’t help but root for them all to find their way. I loved that the threesome of friends included a man, a refreshing change from the all women, all the time friendship stories that are so prevalent. While Topher’s story was secondary in the first half of the book, his presence is much more keenly felt in the second half.
This is a story of how friendships can flourish and grow, recede and return as life goes on. The secrets being held foreshadow a future explosion, but it’s the way everything is resolved that I found so inspiring. I found this book unputdownable, and I loved these characters so much that I know they will be staying with me for a while. A terrific and riveting summer read – don’t miss it!
6/19 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by Jane Green. Berkley (June 4, 2019). ISBN 978-0399583346. 384p.