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Best of Friends: A Novel

Best of Friends: A Novel

"To say this is a novel simply about friendship is too limiting. Zahra and Maryam are from different backgrounds, but like any young girls starting to come of age, they share in the trials of youth and early womanhood. One particularly frightful incident bonds them together for life and solidifies this connection; no matter how starkly their paths diverge, they'll always share the singular rage and vulnerability that belong to women - 'girlfear,' as Maryam calls it. Even as adults, both powerful figures in their respective vocations, the imprint of their childhood trauma is always felt. But how it's felt and who it allows them to become is what Zahra and Maryam can't reconcile."

Melissa S.

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Author Kamila Shamsie
Publisher Riverhead Books
Publication Date 2022-09-27
Section New Hardcover - Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Melissa S.
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780593421826

“A profound novel about friendship. I loved it to pieces.” —Madeline Miller  

From the acclaimed author of Home Fire, the moving and surprising story of a lifelong friendship and the forces that bring it to the breaking point

Zahra and Maryam have been best friends since childhood in Karachi, even though—or maybe because—they are unlike in nearly every way. Yet they never speak of the differences in their backgrounds or their values, not even after the fateful night when a moment of adolescent impulse upends their plans for the future.
Three decades later, Zahra and Maryam have grown into powerful women who have each cut a distinctive path through London. But when two troubling figures from their past resurface, they must finally confront their bedrock differences—and find out whether their friendship can survive.
Thought-provoking, compassionate, and full of unexpected turns, Best of Friends offers a riveting take on an age-old question: Does principle or loyalty make for the better friend?

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