Image of The Friends We Keep


Image of The Friends We Keep

Witty, yet quietly introspective, Chamberlin's novel visits the lives and loves of three friends who reunite 20 years after they attended college together. The tightly woven plotline highlights the innermost personal thoughts of
each protagonist, and their first-person accounts reveal their deepest secrets.

After her divorce, Sophie moves from L.A. back to Boston, where her son, Jake, is attending graduate school. She becomes reacquainted with college friends Eva, a successful executive, and John, a reputable attorney. Each of the respective friends recounts their lives and loves, as Eva becomes involved with Jake, one of her many no-strings-attached relationships.

John also goes through a string of lovers and is dismayed when his sister continues to fix him up with marriageable women with whom he has little in common. Sophie, meanwhile, is thrilled to embark on a new career as she begins a romance with Ben, a man who is very different from her controlling ex-husband. (Kensington, Jul., 416 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick