“a strikingly wise exploration of the bonds people forge and break. Fox delivers on plot, but it’s her insight, emotion, and eye for universal truths that make Friends Like Us memorable.”
People Magazine: Friends Like Us (February 27, 2012)
From the author of Still Life with Husband comes a heartbreaking, honest, deliriously funny new novel about what happens when the perfect balance of a friendship is upended by love.
Best friends Willa and Jane are often mistaken for sisters, a comparison Willa secretly enjoys. They share a small apartment, paying the rent with freelance jobs while waiting for something better to come along. Willa sells flowers and writes advertising copy for a tea company (“The path to enlightenment is steep” and “Oolong! Farewell!”); Jane cleans houses and writes bad poetry about it, rhyming “clog of hair” with “fog of despair.” Together they are a fortress of private jokes and shared opinions, so close that there’s hardly room for anyone else. Until Willa’s closest cohort and confidant from high school—dorky then, handsome and confident now—falls in love with Jane.
Praise for Friends Like Us
“Friends Like Us is smart, funny, and winning, but the thing that strikes me most about it is how honest it is. Lauren Fox perfectly captures the way best friends love each other, make each other laugh, and sometimes, at their worst moments, break each other’s hearts.”
—Lauren Grodstein, author of A Friend of the Family
“Friends Like Us explores the connection between love and friendship—and the unspoken jealousy that can upend both. Fox delivers a punch (and a story I can’t stop thinking about) with her surprising and deeply honest novel.”
—Laura Dave, The First Husband
“Reading Friends Like Us is like finding an old photograph of yourself when you were in your twenties. You’ll remember the too-small apartments, the odd jobs, and the (sometimes) questionable decisions you made in the name of love. By the end, Lauren Fox will have you laughing and crying and calling your best friend in the middle of the night. I know I called mine. ”
—Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters
“Dazzlingly entertaining and utterly engaging, Friends Like Us draws an intimate sketch of need and loss, crosshatched by friendship and love. Willa is funny, fallible, and fierce as she navigates family’s inexorable pull and the self’s desire for individual orbit. Fox’s gorgeous novel grapples with ordinary truths in an extraordinary way, and will leave you paying more attention to the people who matter to you most.”
—Gwendolen Gross, author of The Orphan Sister