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 women's
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
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
Booklist - Whitney Scott
By breaking the silence about failed friendship so literately, this book appeals to many more readers than just students of interpersonal psychology.
In their mixed-bag but mostly captivating anthology, 20 women reflect on amities that have ended.....One wishes that more of the authors had moved from straightforward autobiography to reflection on the nature of friendship.....A book to savor, despite its imperfections. But think twice before giving it to your best friend.
Library Journal - Wye Mills
All but one of the stories relate to friendships between two women, and though sex and romance often figure in, only one story centers on a homosexual relationship. Readers will certainly look for their own experiences in these finely written selections, commissioned especially for this book, and perhaps gain insight into their own losses.
Montaigne said friendship "feeds the spirit"; the same applies to this engrossing collection.
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