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The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away

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Publisher Comments:

Losing a friend can be as painful and as agonizing as a divorce or the end of a love affair, yet it is rarely written about or even discussed. THE FRIEND WHO GOT AWAY is the first book to address this near-universal experience, bringing together the brave, eloquent voices of writers like Francine Prose, Katie Roiphe, Dorothy Allison, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Hood, Diana Abu Jabar, Vivian Gornick, Helen Schulman, and many others. Some write of friends who have drifted away, others of sudden breakups that took them by surprise. Some even celebrate their liberation from unhealthy or destructive relationships. Yet at the heart of each story is the recognition of a loss that will never be forgotten.

From stories about friendships that dissolved when one person revealed a hidden self or moved into a different world, to tales of relationships sabotaged by competition, personal ambition, or careless indifference, THE FRIEND WHO GOT AWAY casts new light on the meaning and nature of womens friendships. Katie Roiphe writes with regret about the period in her life when even close friends seemed expendable compared to men and sex. Mary Morris reveals how a loan led to the unraveling of a lifelong friendship. Vivian Gornick explores how intellectual differences eroded the bond between once inseparable companions. And two contributors, once best friends, tell both sides of the story that led to their painful breakup.

Written especially for this anthology and touched with humor, sadness, and sometimes anger, these extraordinary pieces simultaneously evoke the uniqueness of each situation and illuminate the universal emotions evoked by the loss of a friend.

Synopsis:

A collection of essays about the loss of friendship features works by Francine Prose, Dorothy Allison, Katie Roiphe, Ann Hood, Vivian Gornick, and others who write about relationships that dissolved over a gradual period, sudden breakups, or otherwise eroded powerful bonds between once inseparable companions. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

About the Author

JENNY OFFILL is the author of the novel Last Things. She teaches in the M.F.A. writing program at Brooklyn College. ELISSA SCHAPPELL is the author of the novel Use Me, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and a cofounder of Tin House.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767917193
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Friendship
Introduction by:
Prose, Francine
Introduction:
Prose, Francine
Editor:
Offill, Jenny
Editor:
Schappell, Elissa
Author:
Offill, Jenny
Author:
Schappell, Elissa
Author:
Edited by Jenny Offill and Elissa Schappell
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Loss (psychology)
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.96x5.24x.69 in. .53 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Womens Literature
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » Relationships
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies

The Friend Who Got Away: Twenty Women's True-Life Tales of Friendships That Blew Up, Burned Out or Faded Away
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Product details 320 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767917193 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A collection of essays about the loss of friendship features works by Francine Prose, Dorothy Allison, Katie Roiphe, Ann Hood, Vivian Gornick, and others who write about relationships that dissolved over a gradual period, sudden breakups, or otherwise eroded powerful bonds between once inseparable companions. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
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