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Can We Still Be Friends by Alexandra Shulman
  

Can We Still Be Friends

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April 2012 Debut of the Month.

Written by the UK Editor of Vogue, a book - about how the future is never what you think it will be - that will stay with you for ages …

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'It’s one thing to edit a national magazine, or even write articles and features, but quite another to launch a novel. If there is one thing editing Vogue has taught Alexandra Shulman over twenty years, it’s understanding what women want. CAN WE STILL BE FRIENDS follows the lives of three young women in the 1980s who face all the trials and tribulations of every young woman who starting adult life. It’s about the importance to those women of female friendship; of the difficulties of finding out what you want to do with your life; how women do start out carve out their lives – with their careers and with their relationships -- in these incredibly important years. I don’t think this is a book Alex could have written when she was that age – it needs the passage of time to understand what was going on in that exciting decade and to forge that empathy with those young women. It’s warm, funny, and touching. I do hope you enjoy it.' Juliet Annan Publishing Director, Fig Tree & Penguin.

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Synopsis

Can We Still Be Friends by Alexandra Shulman

It's the summer of 1983 and best friends, Salome, Annie and Kendra have left university to embark on adulthood. Three very different girls with very different paths ahead: Sal, the aspiring journalist whose personal demons threaten to destroy everything she has achieved; Annie, the capable domestic beauty, convinced that marriage will give her everything she wants; and, Kendra, the daughter of chic, liberal parents who, searching for her own identity, encounters a life she never expected. As they navigate the decade of ra-ra skirts and shoulder pads, Duran Duran and Margaret Thatcher, they discover that the future is what happens to you, not what you plan. This interwoven tale of three best friends captures brilliantly what it is to learn the exhilarating and painful truths about love, work, family and the ties of friendship.

Reviews

Wonderfully evokes that ping-pong between trivial and tremendous so characteristic of the Eighties ... great on atmosphere ... An engaging debut, alive with human sympathy -- Wendy Holden Daily Mail Engrossing ... brilliantly captures the complexities of female friendship Good Housekeeping A poignant look at the juggling act women must maintain if they're to carve out a career, and how friendships define life's tribulations Glamour Warm and entertaining ... captures the excitement of being young and glamorous at a time when the sky really did seem to be the limit -- Kate Saunders The Times 'Sapphic sex, shoulder pads and Spandau Ballet ... Too seductive a storyline to wait for the inevitable film Tatler Shulman's well-executed debut is committed to portraying life in all its contradictory, chaotic, celebratory form. A novel both full of heart and comfortable in its own skin Observer An impressive debut ... the best-quality chick-lit available and a thoroughly enjoyable summer read Daily Express A fun summer read ... a page-turner, making me nostalgic for a time when youthful female friendships had to be worked at, face to face over a bottle of wine and some nasty pink taramasalata, rather than simply maintained with a few mouse clicks and a share button FT An enjoyable romp back to a more flamboyant time Sunday Express Shulman has a terrific eye for the small yet telling detail Observer Magazine


About the Author

Alexandra Shulman

Alexandra Shulman has edited British Vogue since 1992. She is contributor to The Times, Daily Mail, Guardian and Daily Telegraph and lives in London. The Parrots is her second novel; Can We Still Be Friends, Was published by Fig Tree in 2012..

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Publication date

12th April 2012

Author

Alexandra Shulman

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Publisher

Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
304 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Debuts of the Month
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241145616

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