As a female-founded and female-owned company, of course we love Galentine’s Day, and the idea behind it. Female friendships keep us going through the good times and the bad, and these books do a great job celebrating that special bond!
The first novel in the four-book series covers the meeting of fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, at the start of their complex friendship.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Two girls dream of being dancers and share a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early 20s, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship — jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney
Frances is a cool headed and darkly observant young woman studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. When the girls are gradually drawn into the world of a well-known photographer and her handsome husband, it will alter the course of their relationship.
When a lethally glamorous woman infiltrates a group of three Anglo-Nigerian best friends, she sows chaos, and the friendships begin to crack.
Best friends despite their differences, Mia is reckless and proudly hard-hearted and Lorrie Ann is kind, serenely beautiful, and seemingly immune to teenage mistakes. But when Lorrie Ann stops being so good, Mia must question how well she ever really knew her in the first place.
Agnieszka is afraid. She knows that the Dragon protecting her village will take her best friend Kasia as a sacrifice, and there is no way to save her. But when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
Fiona Lin and Jane Shen explore Los Angeles together through their teenage years, surviving unfulfilling romantic encounters, and carrying with them the scars of their families’ tumultuous pasts. But even when the women later float in and out of each other’s lives, their friendship is both a beacon of home and a reminder of all they’ve lost.
Sula by Toni Morrison
Nel and Sula’s devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret. It endures even after Nel has grown up to be a pillar of the Black community and Sula has become a pariah. But their friendship ends in an unforgivable betrayal — or does it?
Ann Patchett and the late Lucy Grealy met in college in 1981, and began a friendship that would be as defining to both of their lives as their work. This is a portrait of unwavering commitment that spans 20 years. Through love, fame, drugs, and despair, this is what it means to be part of two lives that are intertwined, and what happens when one is left behind.
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