Eight books about friendship and family to lose yourself in this Valentine's Day
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As an antidote to the mass-produced love fest of Valentine’s day here are our top choices of fiction that celebrate a different kind of love – that of family and friendships. Sometimes more enduring than the romantic kind these the relationships that test, challenge, drive us nuts but ultimately make life truly worth living. Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvick The women of Freesia Court form an unofficial book club, which becomes their lifeline over forty years of marriage, children, grandchildren, staying home, starting careers, and everyday life. Laughter is the glue that holds them together. This stalwart group of friends depicts a special slice of American life, who are convinced that there is nothing good coffee, delectable desserts, and a strong friendship can’t fix. Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym We all have friends with horrible dating histories, and we’ve all had to endure the meddling of well-meaning friends. Jane and Prudence fit both moulds. Jane, an eccentric and married 40-something, decides to play matchmaker for her younger, unlucky-in-love bestie, Pru. But while Jane strings her cupid’s bow, Pru wrestles with her growing (and entirely NSFW) feelings for her boss. Barbara Pym’s funny and searing novel about life, love, and friendship will be a new favourite for Jane Austen fans. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini For a more challenging context Khaled Hosseini “shows us the interior lives of the anonymous women” in war-torn Afghanistan (USA Today). Among them, are Miriam and Laila, whose unexpected but unique bond is a source of strength amidst constant danger. This multi-generational story of sacrifice and friendship is anchored by two stunning female characters whose love survives impossible odds.
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