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Friends and Strangers: A novel (2020 original; edició 2020)

de J. Courtney Sullivan (Autor)

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Títol:Friends and Strangers: A novel
Autors:J. Courtney Sullivan (Autor)
Informació:Knopf (2020), 416 pages
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Friends and Strangers de J. Courtney Sullivan (2020)

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This novel of generational differences also draws on class conflict, widening the theme and making it an outstanding examination of womens' choices and consequences. Author and mom Elisabeth leaves her beloved Brooklyn when her inventor husband receives a job offer at a college in what is clearly Northampton/Amherst, MA. She hires Smith College (not disguised but unnamed) senior Samantha as a part -time nanny, and the women become completely (and overly on Elisabeth's part) entwined in each other's lives. This theme is highly popular of late (Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Cobble Hill by Cecily Zeigesar, The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo, to name a few) but Sullivan does it one better by having two sets of parents as working class and only one pair as extremely wealthy, as well as extensively exploring Sam's nascent activism at Smith and Elisabeth's father-in-law's, with his retired men friends. There is only a sprinkle of women of color (the horrible Smith College president, students, and cafeteria workers), and it would have been valuable to have presented Sam as one of them. And it's a bit long, and Sam's romance with a weedy Englishman grabs too many pages, but the writing is lovely and the plot is even more compelling than the characters. My early choice for a 2021 Top Ten.

Quotes: “Every sane person in New York wanted to go somewhere else. And yet, when someone left, it shocked her.”

“Elisabeth was good at unpacking, good at anything finite that required no real deliberation.”

“She was naïve enough to see marriage as an ending, an achievement, instead of something much harder and more complicated than what came before.”

“Elizabeth had never learned to argue without chipping off a piece of the other person.”

“She wondered if in every married person there was a pit of fear about whether a spouse had chosen him or her for the wrong reason.” ( )
  froxgirl | Jan 11, 2021 |
I literally could not remember this book a few weeks after listening. It was fine, but was instantly gone from my head. ( )
  mazeway | Nov 30, 2020 |
Needs a much more compelling title to fit the highly engaging story. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Sep 15, 2020 |
I loved this! If youd like to read something that's 70% Meg Wolitzer and 30% Kylie Reid, try Friends and Strangers. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
I was supposed to get a copy of this book from the Early Reviewers program, but it never arrived. This may have been because I moved, or due to Covid delays. I did receive my next Early Reviewers book. I ended up listening to this book on Audible. J. Courtney Sullivan is a good writer - I really enjoyed her previous novel, Commencement - but this book was a tedious slog. Nothing really happened. I was relieved to finish. ( )
  bearette24 | Sep 7, 2020 |
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It was her way of drawing a line between between them and herself, playing the observer so she didn't ave to care whether or not she fit in. She'd been doing it all her life. Andrew said she was like this because she was a writer, but he had that backwards; she  was a writer because she was like this.
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"Having a baby is the greatest excuse in the world for bowing out of things you don't want to do."
The bond between parent and child was all-consuming, and yet it's power was not cumulative. It had to be remade again and again throughout the course of a lifetime. A mother could do everything right early on, and still, if she failed to renegotiate the terms, all would be lost.
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