Friday Nights

Friday Nights

Book - 2008
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It's Eleanor who starts the Friday nights. From her scruffy house in Fulham she observes two young women with small children, separate -- struggling and plainly lonely -- and decides to invite them in and see what happens. What happens is that these very different women, Eleanor, Paula and Lindsay, are joined by three more: Jules, Blaise and Karen. Together they make up one retired professional, one budding DJ, one frazzled wife, three mothers, three singletons and five working women. Slowly, gradually and despite vast differences in background and circumstance, a group forms: a sorority of sorts, and a circle of friends.

It is only when Paula meets Jackson, an enigmatic, powerful and seductive man, that the bonds that have been so closely forged are put to the test; jealousies, rivalries, even infidelities threaten everything the women have between them, even their Friday nights. Harmony is eventually restored, but not without its price: Paula must confront some unsavory truths about her relationships; Karen must completely reevaluate her priorities in life; Blaise must meet new challenges; Eleanor must admit she needs help at home; Jules has some growing up to do; and Lindsay needs a little love in her life … With wit and warmth, Joanna Trollope explores the complexities, the sabotages, and the shifting currents of modern friendship.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781400026043
Branch Call Number: TRO
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 19, 2011

Do you know . . . these days, I seem to save getting upset for the big things.

Oct 19, 2011

Men aren't a career, you know. A man isn't your life's work, however much he'd like to be.

Oct 19, 2011

He had taken his BlackBerry out of his inside pocket several times at the beginning of the session and looked at it longingly. When Blaise asked him to turn it off, he obeyed as if suffering excruciating physical pain in so doing. He was plainly thinking about it now with a kind of craving. His hand fluttered up involuntarily towards his pocket. His eyes were slightly glazed.

Oct 19, 2011

It drives a wedge. In friendships. If you don't like someone's partner. You know it does.

Oct 19, 2011

grown-ups often appeared to be very certain of how to behave until circumstances actually required them to behave like that, whereupon they seemed to think it was perfectly OK to make new rules, just for them.


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Apr 30, 2017

A good story about friendship among women. A rather abrupt ending. Did not seem finished off somehow.

Jan 26, 2015

Perhaps not quite up to the standard of some of her other books, but that's being kinda nit-picky. Everything she writes is worth reading. In Friday Nights, she describes a group of women who meet for support and friendship, and whose world is turned into turmoil when one of the women meets a man she wants to introduce to their circle. Trouble follows!! But not chick-lit trouble, actual believable trouble.

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