Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan audiobook

Friends and Strangers: A novel

By J. Courtney Sullivan
Read by Kate Rudd

Random House Audio 9780525520597
14.07 Hours Unabridged
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An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day and awake with him much of the night, she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her “influencer” sister’s Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she has always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She is worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences. A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

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An iBooks bestseller in Fiction

An Indie Next List Selection of the Month

An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life

Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day and awake with him much of the night, she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her “influencer” sister’s Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit.

Sam is struggling to decide between the path she has always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She is worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.

A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A poignant, wise, big-hearted novel full of complicated women doing their best and striving to do better. I loved it.” Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times bestselling author
“A smart and deeply compelling exploration of female friendship and the complicated politics of motherhood and childcare.” Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author
This book pokes at the sometimes troubling relationship between caregivers and mothers, and what starts out as a sweet and straightforward story evolves into something more nuanced and complex. Vogue
“This perceptive novel about a complex friendship between two women resonates as broadly as it does deeply.” Kirkus, starred
Sullivan’s intimate, incisive latest explores the evolving friendship between a new mother and her babysitter... Readers will be captivated by Sullivan’s authentic portrait of modern motherhood. Publishers Weekly
J. Courtney Sullivan is one of our great literary treasures, and Friends and Strangers is permeated with her brilliance and heart. The novel is a captivating, wise, laugh-out-loud-funny story about the life-changing friendship between Elisabeth, a new mom, and Sam, her college-age babysitter. I loved this novel from the first word to the last. Ann Napolitano, author of Dear Edward
J. Courtney Sullivan is a writer of extraordinary gifts, and this is her most affecting book yet, which I just wanted to keep reading and reading straight through to its climactic and emotional last pages, because its world felt completely realized, and completely real. Sullivan is a writer who offers up small human moments and large social ones, all within the frame of a truly good story. I loved it. Meg Wolitzer, best-selling author of The Female Persuasion

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Author Bio: J. Courtney Sullivan

Author Bio: J. Courtney Sullivan

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Engagements, Maine, and Commencement. Maine was named a 2011 Time magazine Best Book of the Year and a Washington Post Notable Book. The Engagements was one of People magazine’s Top Ten Books of 2013 and an Irish Times Best Book of the Year. She has contributed to the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Real Simple, and O: The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Women
Runtime: 14.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English