Synopses & Reviews
For Willa Jacobs, seeing her best friend, Jane Weston, is like looking in a mirror on a really good day. Strangers assume they are sisters, a comparison Willa secretly enjoys. They share an apartment, clothing, and groceries, eking out rent with part-time jobs. Willa writes advertising copy, dreaming up inspirational messages for tea bags, while Jane cleans houses and writes poetry about it. Together Willa and Jane are a fortress of private jokes and shared opinions, with a friendship so close there's hardly room for anyone else. But when Ben, Willa's oldest friend, reappears and falls in love with Jane, Willa wonders: Can she let her two best friends find happiness with each other if it means leaving her behind?
"In Fox's latest novel, Willa Jacobs and Jane Weston are best friends and roommates. But when Willa's high school pal Ben comes back into her life, he becomes romantically involved with Jane. Willa tries to support her two best friends as they find happiness together, but she begins to feel increasingly left out and soon realizes she too has romantic feelings for Ben. Should she stay silent? Should she make a move and risk losing Jane's friendship? Amy Rubinate's narration brings Jane to life, capturing her goofy humor, awkwardness, and conflicted feelings. She also deftly voices the book's other characters; her rendition of Willa's on-again-off-again boyfriend, Declan, is a standout. And while the pacing of this audio edition drags a bit at times particularly during scenes in which Willa inwardly frets about the emerging love triangle Rubinate ably conveys the book's lovable protagonist and its themes of friendship, love, and confusion. A Knopf hardcover." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A clever novel of friendship from the author of the acclaimed Still Life with Husband.
About the Author
Lauren Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 1998. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Utne, Seventeen, Glamour, and Salon. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and daughter.