She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading, with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone....
She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job?
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or, at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?
As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings but instead long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The Girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.
But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits....
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Andoh is an exceptional narrator
Absolutely, Adjoa Andoh has an extraordinary capacity to depict moods and tone of voice and that amplifies the author's wit and wisdom. Andoh also has a stunning command of multiple accents and manners of speaking so that you get a real sense of the age, ethnicity, gender and other aspects of the diversity of the characters in the story.
The speech Melissa gave regarding men hitting on women in the workplace and her relaxed, firm refusal to let Will buy her a drink afterward as the glory of that speech was not his to revel in. Well done!
Andoh did them all so well. Something about the terseness of Beth was dead on as was the depiction of teenage angst and emerging sagacity in Tom.
The title is fine. This might be a bit on the nose but might I suggest "World of Friends" for the sequel as they travel to see Beth in Switzerland?
I am interested in this author now and my first pick of her other books is "daughters in law" but so far the narration is comparably quite bland.