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Friends For Life Hardcover – March 8, 1994


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From Publishers Weekly

A sitcom already bought for the big screen by Nora Ephron, Wolitzer's ( This Is Your Life ) novel about three young women on the make in New York City has some clever moments, but its foolish premise scuttles credibility. Friends since elementary school in the suburbs, Meredith Guzzi, Lisa Vopilska and Ann Rogoff are now living in Manhattan, where they meet for dinner at a Chinese restaurant every month. Ann, who went to Yale and has a low-paying job in a publishing house, and Meredith, a knock-out-gorgeous public TV commentator, hate each other and always have. Medical student Lisa is the buffer and mediator who keeps the group together. In the course of the episodic narrative, Lisa marries a dermatologist and has a baby, Meredith breaks up with her vain, famous, married lover but finally finds a Mr. Right as beautiful as she is, and Ann discovers that she is a lesbian. These events are accomplished with some snappy dialogue and nicely captured trendy detail: a visit to a condom boutique; the perils of making love in a loft bed; the craze for work-out machines. But the women in this sisterhood are shallow, silly and superficial, given to such pronouncements as "Marriage is a curtain that drops down between you and your friends. It separates you forever."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Three young girls innocently vow to stay friends forever, unaware of how difficult that vow is to keep. As they approach "thirtysomething," discontent over their lives--especially their love lives--grows. Meredith, the beautiful one, is having an affair with a married man. Lisa, the nice one, is a good doctor but a confused wife and mother. Ann, the smart one, becomes an enthusiastic lesbian. When their friendship is temporarily shattered, each woman has time to reflect on her emotional needs. This pleasant tale, yet another entry in the women's friendship novel category, captures the sense of loss and discovery in female friendships. Wolitzer's novel This Is Your Life (Crown, 1989) was made into a successful movie, which may generate interest in this new work. Recommended for public libraries and women's studies collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/93.
- Jan Blodgett, St. Mary's Cty. Records Ctr. & Archives, Leonardtown, Md.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1st edition (March 8, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517595869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517595862
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,629,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CaliforniaMDS on June 18, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I must have read something by Meg Wolitzer that prompted me to seek out this book- though I can't remember what. This 10-year old book was weak, and with so many references to HIV/AIDS, rather dated. The characters lacked any real development or, well, character. By the end of the book, I really didn't care if they remained friends (or why they would- they had nothing in common to be "friends", and nothing going on to really call a "life".)

Girlfriends turning 30 and wonder what life is about? Not a whole lot for these three mediocre, ho-hummers.

I don't know what the point was with this prosaic book-- there was nothing new, nothing meaningful, nothing deep or even mildly interesting. Pass.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1998
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I picked up a copy of `Friends for Life' a few years ago after hearing Ms. Wolitzer interviewed on NPR's `Fresh Air.' It's a terrific read, one that really resonated with this child of suburbia. Ever since then I've been waiting for the author's encore. How about it, Meg?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1998
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Just what the doctor ordered to start off the summer. . . while I can't say this is a literary masterpiece, it is definitely entertaining, enjoyable, and a fast read. Treat yourself!
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