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.
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)