Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 4 minutes
First Published: 2020
Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother, is struggling to adjust to life in a small town after nearly twenty years in New York City. Alone in the house with her infant son all day (and awake with him much of the night), she feels uneasy, adrift. She neglects her work, losing untold hours to her Brooklyn moms’ Facebook group, her “influencer” sister’s Instagram feed, and text messages with the best friend she never sees anymore. Enter Sam, a senior at the local women’s college, whom Elisabeth hires to babysit. Sam is struggling to decide between the path she’s always planned on and a romantic entanglement that threatens her ambition. She’s worried about student loan debt and what the future holds. In short order, they grow close. But when Sam finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Elisabeth’s father-in-law, the true differences between the women’s lives become starkly revealed and a betrayal has devastating consequences.
About J. Courtney Sullivan
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of five novels: Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, Saints For All Occasions, and Friends and Strangers. She currently lives in New York. Visit the author’s website →