(From the publisher):
As summer creeps up on her, Polly Ferrison realizes two things: that her marriage is failing and that she is dreading the annual reunion with her friends from her college days at the London School of Economics. As year succeeds year, she has become all too aware of just how far their achievements outstrip hers: Candida has married extremely well and now runs a minor stately home as well as a successful business; civil servant Jane has a high-flying career in government circles, while much-divorced Vanessa is a lawyer with a chic apartment in London. Even Mary, a farmer's wife, has exploited her assets and created a profitable home business for herself.
Polly's only achievements are her two daughters: One now at university and the other about to follow, and when she goes, what will be left for Polly but the dull teaching job she has grown to resent? Reluctantly she hosts the reunion party that foreshadows changes in her friends' lives: Cynical Candida is restless; Jane has a new partner and, for the first time ever, is envisaging life without a career, while Vanessa, now on her own and in her early forties, has decided that she will not miss out on the joys of motherhood. The hunt is on for a suitable father, and she has never been too scrupulous about the minor details of life...
Career or family? Marriage or wild romance? This novel explores the choices that contemporary women have to make, and shows that, amid the traumas and dilemmas of modern life, there is still a place for the skills and kindly duplicities of friendship.
Original title: Trials of Friendship
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Women's Fiction
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Ties That Bind→ Friendship