Drama

City of Friends by Joanna Trollope

On one of my more hurried library visits, I picked a book that seemed attractive on the outside and decided to give it a shot. If I had previously looked at the ratings, I might not have. For once, I am glad for my more laid-back approach since it was an interesting take on an enduring bond between friends.
Four intelligent and strong women have been friends since their college days. They are lucky enough to maintain their relationships over the phone and be close enough to make regular visits. This luck is, of course, in two parts. Proximity is not always as beneficial when it comes to strong-willed people almost-but-not-quite interfering in each others’ lives. The second is that they are on hand to lend a steady shoulder when required over the two decades they have known each other.
The one disadvantage of the book had four voices, one for each character. We do get to look at all the different lives individually and get a better picture, but it does get a little crowded. They are only slightly distinct, causing mild confusion if I forgot to pay attention to the current narrator.
The women are going through regular phases in life, with issues that border on the mundane. It is their drive and passion for the things that they believe in that gives the issues more weight.
I will not go into the different crises since their unfolding is a significant part of the book. I think I liked this enough to recommend it to people who like such stories, mostly because of the thin line people walked. Sometimes circumstances leave few people without conflict. I am not a confrontational person, and I could see how several situations in the book had to play themselves out since there was no easier way.
I would not read it again, but it did make me think.

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3 thoughts on “City of Friends by Joanna Trollope”

  1. I don’t know if it was this one, but one recent one of hers featured a Syrian refugee woman on a bench who was just there to be a wise Syrian refugee woman to remind a character how lucky she was (or something) and it just annoyed me so much I gave up on the book (I think there was something else to it that I disliked, too). I did like her early novels but I think they’re a bit dated now.

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