City of Friends

City of Friends

Book - 2017
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The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between. But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits.
Publisher: London, Mantle, an imprint of Pan Macmillan,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781509846757
Characteristics: 329 pages ; 24 cm.


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Mar 21, 2019

Pick up at Castle Pines Library please.

Sep 06, 2018

With the novel split between four main characters, each friend's individual story felt a bit skimpy. Gaby in particular got some unresolved drama at the end which perhaps should have been introduced earlier. Not much of a complaint, though, wanting a book to go on a little longer.

coroboreefarm Aug 23, 2017

I used to love Joanna Trollope's books back in the days when I devoured the work of Maeve Binchy, Danielle Steele, Mavis Cheek and other writers of gentle domestic fiction. However, as my tastes changed and developed in different directions, I left her books behind, and lost interest in the eternal struggles of her characters to achieve domestic and professional balance.

City of Friends restored my interest in Joanna Trollope's novels. I thoroughly enjoyed reading her latest tale of modern women battling the challenges of careers, families, friendships while seeking to resolve their own senses of self. The novel is engaging in that it is told through the lens of different women, each one facing significant challenges and simultaneously wrestling with the tensions inherent in maintaining their well established friendships along the way.

I enjoyed this gentle story. It is a satisfying summer read.

debwalker Apr 09, 2017

Trollope's latest well told saga on women's choices and complicated lives.

Apr 03, 2017

Mid life crises from a female perspective and well done. This would make excellent TV viewing.

stewaroby Feb 23, 2017

A bit disappointing from Trollope. The characters seemed so sketchily drawn I had trouble remembering who was who. Nothing nasty and a quick read but somehow I remember her being better than this.


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Sep 06, 2018

the grapevine of human gossip that ensures that the bliss of ignorance is seldom permitted to anyone

Sep 06, 2018

Despite the stately presence of a mirrored console table and a pair of modern acrylic ghost chairs, the overriding impression was one of elaborate chaos, with school backpacks and random trainers and scarves and fleeces flung down all anyhow, as if their owners had been suddenly compelled to flee.

Sep 06, 2018

Dishes of favourite food lay untouched on their special tray, and their small, neat paw marks freckled every pale surface. There were even pad prints up the window glass, indicating that in Beth’s absence, the cats had made it plain to the outside world that they were imprisoned in a building where they urgently no longer wished to be.

Sep 06, 2018

There’s another life after your family one and your school friends one. You know how hippy dippy my childhood was. You know how I didn’t fit in with all that barefoot bonfire carry-on. It didn’t hurt me, it was very loving and all that, but it wasn’t what I wanted. I’ve got what I wanted, more or less, by not doing what I was brought up to do. Maybe you’re the same.

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