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Under the Influence: A Novel by [Joyce Maynard]
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''Maynard's latest is illuminating and mesmerizing, highlight not only differing definitions of friendship, but the shades of gray between right and wrong and the lengths to which some will go to protect their self-interest.'' --Publishers Weekly

''It's a story about the pull of consuming friendships, of seeking to escape into the lives of others, of possession and illusion — and you will not be able to put it down until Maynard herself releases you. Utterly captivating.'' --Megan Abbott, Edgar Award-winning author of Dare Me and The Fever --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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The New York Times bestselling author of Labor Day and After Her returns with a poignant story about the true meaning--and the true price--of friendship.

Drinking cost Helen her marriage and custody of her seven-year-old son, Ollie. Once an aspiring art photographer, she now makes ends meet taking portraits of school children and working for a caterer. Recovering from her addiction, she spends lonely evenings checking out profiles on an online dating site. Weekend visits with her son are awkward. He's drifting away from her, fast.

When she meets Ava and Swift Havilland, the vulnerable Helen is instantly enchanted. Wealthy, connected philanthropists, they have their own charity devoted to rescuing dogs. Their home is filled with fabulous friends, edgy art, and dazzling parties.

Then Helen meets Elliott, a kind, quiet accountant who offers loyalty and love with none of her newfound friends' fireworks. To Swift and Ava, he's boring. But even worse than that, he's unimpressed by them.

As Helen increasingly falls under the Havillands' influence--running errands, doing random chores, questioning her relationship with Elliott--Ava and Swift hold out the most seductive gift: their influence and help to regain custody of her son. But the debt Helen owes them is about to come due.

Ollie witnesses an accident involving Swift, his grown son, and the daughter of the Havillands' housekeeper. With her young son's future in the balance, Helen must choose between the truth and the friends who have given her everything.

--Wally Lamb --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00MTRRRVC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ William Morrow; Reprint edition (February 23, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ February 23, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 802 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 392 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and insightful read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 12, 2020
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pscotter71
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down, read it three days! Absolutely loved the characters and related them to people I know/have know as they were very life like. That was the main reason for interest. The only thing I did not like about this book was it ended too soon. Would definitely recommend. I will reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner~!!
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Jill L. Morton
4.0 out of 5 stars This one, by Joyce Maynard, kept my attention ...
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