City of Friends
Pan, 352 pages, €11.99 The 20th novel by the popular English writer focuses on the high-flying Stacey — a partner in a private-equity firm in London — and the way her life adjusts when she loses her job. For Stacey, her self-worth is bound up in money and status, and with that rug pulled from under her, she has to work out who she really is.
Luckily, she can call upon three friends she’s had since college — they have all been through the ringer, personally and professionally. But these career women all have troubles of their own, and when Stacey’s redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long-cherished friendships are severely tested.