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Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
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Jun 30, 2020 | ISBN 9780525520597

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A Washington Post “Book to Read this Summer”
A Parade “Best Book of the Summer”
A Vogue ”Book to Read this June”
A People magazine “Best Book to Read this Summer”
A Good Housekeeping “Best Beach Read” 
A Bustle “Most Anticipated Book of 2020”
A SheReads ”Most Anticipated Book of 2020″
A RealSimple “Top Pick for Summer”
A New York Times ”Book to Watch For”

“This book pokes at the sometimes troubling relationship between caregivers and mothers, and what starts out as a sweet and straightforward story evolves into something more nuanced and complex.”

“Extremely timely.”
—New York Post

“A hilarious and insightful novel about a complicated friendship between two very different women… When their differences are revealed, a betrayal takes place with devastating consequences.

“An insightful examination of everything from social media’s magnetic pull to the power dynamics between domestic workers and their employers.”
—Washington Post

“Courtney Sullivan’s Friends and Strangers exposes fraught truths about power dynamics, class, and privilege.”
—Marie Claire

“This new novel from the author of Saints for All Occasions looks at how our locations, both geographic and where we are in life, can take their toll, and delivers what promises to be one of summer’s most delicious reads.”
—Town and Country

“Readers should jettison any expectation they have for the book–fish-out-of-water story, manipulative-nanny chiller, send-up of campus culture. J. Courtney Sullivan’s fifth novel offers something more interesting… Friends and Strangers is about whether the unfairness of privilege can ever be sufficiently offset by good deeds. And what of bad deeds: Are they forgiven if they result from good intentions?… . Sullivan massages her themes in scenes as barbed as they are funny, by way of characters as infuriating as they are heartbreaking.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Sullivan… writes with empathy for her characters even as she reveals their flaws and shortcomings. And while the story she tells focuses primarily on two women from different backgrounds and at different stages of life, it also illuminates broader issues about money, privilege, and class; marriage, family, and friendship; and the dueling demands of career and domesticity with which many women struggle. This perceptive novel about a complex friendship between two women resonates as broadly as it does deeply.”
—Kirkus, starred

“Sullivan’s intimate, incisive latest explores the evolving friendship between a new mother and her babysitter… Readers will be captivated by Sullivan’s authentic portrait of modern motherhood.”
—Publishers Weekly

Friends and Strangers is a smart and deeply compelling exploration of female friendship and the complicated politics of motherhood and childcare. J. Courtney Sullivan is a shrewd and sympathetic observer of our current cultural moment, with an unerring eye for the way that the unspoken realities of money and class can affect even our most intimate relationships.”
—Tom Perrotta, best-selling author of The Leftovers  

“J. Courtney Sullivan is one of our great literary treasures, and Friends and Strangers is permeated with her brilliance and heart. The novel is a captivating, wise, laugh-out-loud-funny story about the life-changing friendship between Elisabeth, a new mom, and Sam, her college-age babysitter. I loved this novel from the first word to the last.”
—Ann Napolitano, best-selling author of Dear Edward

“I have long been a fan of J. Courtney Sullivan’s insightful and rich novels—Friends and Strangers is her best yet! Sullivan has a stunning ability to capture the tenderness and frailty of human relationships. Her newest is a poignant, wise, big-hearted novel full of complicated women doing their best and striving to do better. I loved it.”
—Taylor Jenkins Reid, best-selling author of Daisy Jones & The Six

“J. Courtney Sullivan is a writer of extraordinary gifts, and this is her most affecting book yet, which I just wanted to keep reading and reading straight through to its climactic and emotional last pages, because its world felt completely realized, and completely real. Sullivan is a writer who offers up small human moments and large social ones, all within the frame of a truly good story. I loved it.”
—Meg Wolitzer, best-selling author of The Female Persuasion

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