9 Novels That Celebrate the Joys of Friendship

September 3 2015
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Celebrate the power of friendship with these nine novels that bring new meaning to the phrase “Best Friends Forever”—and pick up two copies of each while you’re at it, because these are books that you’ll want to share with your best friend.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
by Rebecca Wells

No one explores the often rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and what it means to be lifelong friends, better than Rebecca Wells. Poignant, funny, and outrageous, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic you’ll want to read again and again.

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Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells

No one explores the often rocky relationship between mothers and daughters, and what it means to be lifelong friends, better than Rebecca Wells. Poignant, funny, and outrageous, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is a classic you’ll want to read again and again.

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The Interestings
by Meg Wolitzer

The bond between six friends who met as teenagers at a summer camp for the arts remains strong decades later, but not all of them achieved their artistic dreams. Can their friendship survive the envy that comes along with watching your friend succeed when you have failed?

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The Interestings
Meg Wolitzer

“Like any good friend group, Wolitzer’s novel has a little bit of everything. There’s romance, there’s comedy, there’s drama, there’s sadness, and there’s an undeniable, everlasting devotion to the people you take the journey with.”

Read the full review by Julianna Haubner here.

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Firefly Lane
by Kristin Hannah

In the turbulent summer of 1974, two very different teenage girls enter into a friendship that will be the anchor of their lives for the next three decades. As they grow into women and pursue divergent dreams, their friendship remains strong until a single act of betrayal puts their friendship to the ultimate test.

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Firefly Lane
Kristin Hannah

In the turbulent summer of 1974, two very different teenage girls enter into a friendship that will be the anchor of their lives for the next three decades. As they grow into women and pursue divergent dreams, their friendship remains strong until a single act of betrayal puts their friendship to the ultimate test.

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Commencement
by J. Courtney Sullivan

In this touching and witty debut, four college roommates must grapple with how the ideals of feminism they learned at Smith College apply to their real lives in matters of love, work, family, and sex. More than a chronicle of college friendship, it is a candid examination of the tangled and contradictory world that today’s young women live in.

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Commencement
J. Courtney Sullivan

In this touching and witty debut, four college roommates must grapple with how the ideals of feminism they learned at Smith College apply to their real lives in matters of love, work, family, and sex. More than a chronicle of college friendship, it is a candid examination of the tangled and contradictory world that today’s young women live in.

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Girls in White Dresses
by Jennifer Close

Three friends cope with career changes, heartbreak, and family pressures while enduring a seemingly endless stream of weddings and bridal showers. Wry and recognizable, this novel perfectly captures the wild frustrations and soaring joys of early adulthood.

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Girls in White Dresses
Jennifer Close

Three friends cope with career changes, heartbreak, and family pressures while enduring a seemingly endless stream of weddings and bridal showers. Wry and recognizable, this novel perfectly captures the wild frustrations and soaring joys of early adulthood.

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Truth & Beauty
by Ann Patchett

In this memoir of a life-defining friendship, Ann Patchett recounts her relationship with Lucy Grealy, who lost part of her jaw to cancer while still a child. It is a tender and brutal exploration of what it means to love a person we cannot save and being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

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Truth & Beauty
Ann Patchett

In this memoir of a life-defining friendship, Ann Patchett recounts her relationship with Lucy Grealy, who lost part of her jaw to cancer while still a child. It is a tender and brutal exploration of what it means to love a person we cannot save and being lifted up by the sheer effervescence of someone who knew how to live life to the fullest.

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The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

In 1960s South Carolina, Lily Owens confronts the trauma of her mother’s death with the help of her “stand-in mother” Rosaleen and an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters. This remarkable and mesmerizing story of survival, secrets, and divine female power is a tale that women will continue to share and pass down to their daughters for years to come.

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The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd

Lily Owens’s life is shaped around the blurry memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. Tired of life with her punitive father and unanswered questions, Lily journeys down South to find the town that holds the secret to her mother’s troubled past. She ends up finding so much more in a trio of three black beekeepers, but she also learns the devastating truth about her past. I needed a wailing wall (the stone wall one of the beekeepers uses to grieve) of my own while reading this book.

Read the review of THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES.

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The Myth of You and Me
by Leah Stewart

Cameron and Sonia were best friends until an incident that occurred when they were nineteen ended their friendship. Now a decade later, Cameron believes she’ll never see Sonia again. Eloquent and honest, it is a beautiful portrayal of the loss that lingers at the end of a friendship.

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The Myth of You and Me
Leah Stewart

Cameron and Sonia were best friends until an incident that occurred when they were nineteen ended their friendship. Now a decade later, Cameron believes she’ll never see Sonia again. Eloquent and honest, it is a beautiful portrayal of the loss that lingers at the end of a friendship.

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Best Friends Forever
by Jennifer Weiner

This heartrending novel charts the longtime friendship between Val and Addie, two young girls who grow up to be very different women: one achieving fame and fortune, one staying behind.

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Best Friends Forever
Jennifer Weiner

This heartrending novel charts the longtime friendship between Val and Addie, two young girls who grow up to be very different women: one achieving fame and fortune, one staying behind.

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