by Emily Gould

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

Friendship Synopsis

Bev Tunney and Amy Schein are best friends, but now, at thirty, they have reached a crossroads. Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed muster in her mid-twenties: temping, living in a shared house, drowning in debt. Amy is a fiercely charismatic media darling still riding the tailwinds of early success, but reality is catching up with her. And now Bev is unexpectedly pregnant. As Amy and Bev are dragged into genuine adulthood, they are forced to contemplate the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart. They want to help each other but can't help themselves; want to make good decisions, but fall prey to their worst impulses. An encounter with an accomplished older woman, Sally, throws their problems into sharp relief.

Friendship Press Reviews

Truth-teller Emily Gould hurls her heart and mind into this hilarious, bittersweet tale -- Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins


I read Friendship with great pleasure. Emily Gould recreates with wit and insight the New York I know: a place full of fame and money that's not yours, where friends become family and lovers become ex-lovers, and the big questions about your life stay unanswered, and unanswerable, for a long time -- Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding


Emily Gould is massively talented, just as good at devastating us with an emotional truth as she is at amusing us with a clever joke -- Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Prep and American Wife

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ISBN: 9780349004396
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349004396
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Emily Gould
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Literary Fiction,

About Emily Gould

Emily Gould is an author, journalist and the co-founder of a feminist publishing startup, Emily Books. She has written extensively for publications including the New York Times, London Review of Books, Guardian, The Economist, Slate and Jezebel, and since 2005 has run a popular blog at She is the author of a collection of essays, And the Heart Says Whatever, and Friendship is her debut novel.

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