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Rich and Pretty (Hardcover)

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    It is so deeply satisfying to read a compelling female friendship set in the present day that goes beyond the coming of age narrative. Alam gives us the deeply felt and snarkily humorous story of two best friends who have made their lives and find themselves looking across the chasm of their life choices. Sarah & Lauren are grown women evaluating their lives and trying to reconnect, but falling into the traps of comparison, envy, and defensiveness. Alam captures the pain of the grass is always greener and offers the reader the truth that a life well-lived isn't always as satisfying as it should be if you lost your friend in the process. (Hannah)

    — From Hannah


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    This irresistible debut, set in contemporary New York, provides a sharp, insightful look into how the relationship between two best friends changes when they are no longer coming of age but learning how to live adult lives.

    As close as sisters for twenty years, Sarah and Lauren have been together through high school and college, first jobs and first loves, the uncertainties of their twenties and the realities of their thirties.

    Sarah, the only child of a prominent intellectual and a socialite, works at a charity and is methodically planning her wedding. Lauren--beautiful, independent, and unpredictable--is single and working in publishing, deflecting her parents' worries and questions about her life and future by trying not to think about it herself. Each woman envies--and is horrified by--particular aspects of the other's life, topics of conversation they avoid with masterful linguistic pirouettes.

    Once, Sarah and Lauren were inseparable; for a long a time now, they've been apart. Can two women who rarely see one other, selectively share secrets, and lead different lives still call themselves best friends? Is it their abiding connection--or just force of habit--that keeps them together?

    With impeccable style, biting humor, and a keen sense of detail, Rumaan Alam deftly explores how the attachments we form in childhood shift as we adapt to our adult lives--and how the bonds of friendship endure, even when our paths diverge.

    Product Details
    ISBN: 9780062429933
    ISBN-10: 0062429930
    Publisher: Ecco Press
    Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
    Pages: 304
    Language: English