City of Friends

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE -

Joanna Trol­lope

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.

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