Friends and Strangers

Knopf. Jun. 2020. 416p. ISBN 9780525520597. $27.95. F
Thirtysomething Elisabeth almost has it all. She’s happily married to Andrew and is mother to adorable baby Gil. Geographically, however, she is unmoored, having left the enriching bustle of New York City with her husband to settle in a small town 250 miles away. Andrew wants to be closer to his parents and focus on inventing a groundbreaking solar grill. Meanwhile, Elisabeth’s career has hit a snag. A journalist whose first book was a best seller, she’s now under contract to write a third book but is stuck and despite pressure from her editor wastes too much time texting her best friend and diving into Facebook. She turns to the local women’s college to hire a part-time nanny and lucks out with Sam, a talented artist in her senior year. The two women cement their uncommon closeness with a growing list of secrets even as their shared impulse to meddle in the lives of others threatens to send their friendship careening toward disaster.
VERDICT Best-selling novelist Sullivan (Commencement) humanizes the roadblocks to successful relationships and the modern tools that help or hinder those bonds—career networking, in vitro fertilization, social media, social justice
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