With Friends Like These

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With Friends Like These

Once Upon A Time there were four women:  Chloe, Talia, Jules and Quincy.  I have to begin my review this way because, if we all think back, the very best stories have always started with the Once Upon a Time line.  And this, guys and gals, is one of those fantastic stories that you’ll remember for a long, long time to come.
 
In the nineties, Quincy had an apartment and advertised for roommates.  She wanted to get three independent women who would be very quiet while she tried her best to finish writing a book.  Chloe and Talia showed up together; they were friends who’d just gotten out of college.  Then, Jules flew over the threshold and made the foursome into a single unit of feminine strength and friendship.  Then the author begins to explain how their lives and friendship changed as the years progressed.
 
Quincy is married to her wonderful and understanding husband, Jake.  Although she’s gone through many hardships in the “baby” department, she and Jake have a happy marriage.  They spend a great deal of their time looking for an apartment – a home where they can spend the rest of their lives together.  They soon find the absolute perfect place.  Unfortunately, Quincy calls up one of her very best friends to let her know…
 
Jules is still the funny one – childless and husbandless – but now dating a man named Artie who absolutely dotes on her as if she were a true goddess.  Artie lives in a fantastic apartment and Jules lets him know that one of her very best friends has put in a bid on a place in his building.  Unfortunately, Artie wants the apartment, too…
 
Chloe is married to Xander and is living a rich and luxurious life.  Working at the same ad agency as her friend Talia, she’s taken a little time off to settle her son, Dash, and hire a nanny to watch him while she goes to work.  Oddly enough, Artie (Jules boyfriend) is her old boss, and he calls her to let Chloe know that he has given her name to a headhunter who wants to offer her a much better job than the one she has…
 
Talia is married to Tom, and they have a son named Henry.  Talia is kind of sick and tired of the ad agency she’s working for, so when a headhunter calls the office and asks for Chloe she somehow “loses” the message and calls the headhunter back herself…
 
This is a fantastically charming, witty, heart-warming story about four women who make some wrong – sometimes, backhanded – moves in order to make their lives better.  Unfortunately, they hurt their friends in the process.  Watching the women go through the trials of their lives including, dishonest husbands, miscarriages, competitions for getting their child a spot at THE “elite” school in the city, and surprise pregnancies, makes the reader feel for each and every one of them.  In fact, this is so well-written that you’ll close the cover, race to the phone, and “catch up” with those “friends” that you’ve let slip away over the years.  Enjoy! This is a great one!

Book Blurb for With Friends Like These

Have you ever been a less than perfect friend? To whom does your first loyalty belong—your best friend or your husband? With her trademark wit and empathy, Sally Koslow explores the entangled lives of women in this candid, fast-paced novel.

Quincy, Talia, Chloe, and Jules met in the early nineties after answering a roommate ad for a Manhattan apartment. Despite having little in common, the women became fast friends. A decade later, their lives have diverged, though their ties remain strong.

Quincy, a Midwestern introvert, is trying to overcome a set of tragedies by hunting for the perfect home; Talia, a high-energy Brooklyn wife and mom with an outspoken conscience, is growing resentful of her friends’ greater financial stability and her husband’s lack of ambition; timid Chloe, also a mother, is trying to deflect pressure from her husband, a hedge fund manager, to play the role of trophy wife; while Jules, a fiercely independent actress/entrepreneur with a wicked set of life rules, is confronting her forties alone.

When Jules gives her new boyfriend the inside scoop on the real estate gem Quincy is lusting after, and Talia chases a lucrative job earmarked for Chloe, the women are forced to wrestle with the challenges of love and motherhood. Will their friendships and marriages survive? And at what price? Punchy yet tender, a high-five to sisterhood, this book will hit an emotional bull’s-eye for anyone who has had—or been—less than a perfect friend. 


Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.75