• The cover of the book Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    At eighteen, Susanna appears to be in a tailspin: she’s dropped out of school, had an affair with her high school English teacher, and attempted suicide. At the recommendation of a psychologist who’s barely spoken to her, Susanna’s parents have her check in to a mental ward at McLean Hospital. She cites exhaustion as the reason for her arrival, and feels relieved for the respite—not knowing that she’ll be staying for two years. Susanna engages with the other patients, but it’s her friendship with Lisa that’s chaotic and surprisingly revealing. The two attempt failed escapes, and Susanna revels in Lisa’s antics—but it’s the dark side to Lisa that makes Susanna understand the depths of mental illness. Her memoir is an intimate look at the significance of the friendships we form during even the darkest moments.

     
  • The cover of the book The Joy Luck Club

    The Joy Luck Club

    Few relationships are as all knowing as the one between mother and daughter. The Joy Luck Club explores these complex ties through interwoven stories that highlight the disconnect between a group of Chinese immigrant mothers and their American-born daughters. One by one, each mother tells her tale of heartache that shaped her into the woman she is today. The women are resilient and determined, but their daughters can’t help but see them as polarizing opposites to their American existence. Meanwhile, the daughters discuss their own dilemmas—marriage troubles, careers—which ironically mirror aspects of their mothers’ lives. The stories are each remarkable, but the narrative of Suyuan and her daughter Jing-mei will undoubtedly have you reconsidering the bonds between mothers and daughters.

     
  • The cover of the book Sula

    Sula

    Can a friendship withstand a terrible secret? Nel Wright and Sula Peace know the answer to that question all too well. Kindred spirits who have filled each other’s loneliness since their childhood in Medallion, Ohio, Nel and Sula’s friendship takes an ugly turn when they’re separated during young adulthood. After reconnecting years later, the once inseparable friends quickly discover that they’ve both drastically changed. Nel, an outstanding member of her community, is a stark comparison to Sula, a woman who has rejected society’s norms to live an unconventional life. Nel and Sula’s bond is tested by the very challenges that once drew them together—family conflicts, societal expectations, and experiences of racism. While the duo remains loyal to their memories of each other, a secret from the past is revealed that could destroy all they cherish. Sula reminds us that even the most complicated friendships start out with pure intentions.

     
  • The cover of the book The Women of Brewster Place

    The Women of Brewster Place

    Proving that a powerful friendship can withstand the test of time, this novel focuses on seven women whose lives weave together over the course of 30 years. Mattie, Etta Mae, Eva, Ciel, Cora, Kiswana, and Melanie reside at Brewster’s Place, where they each give a glimpse of the plight of black women in America. Their lives are difficult and exhausting, and feature a revolving door of troublesome men. While each woman experiences turmoil—be it the loss of a child through a freak accident, the return of a wayward lover, or the selfishness of a loved one—it’s their ability to remain loyal to one another that captivates. Women of Brewster Place shows the depths of female friendships, and the power that lies in the act of forgiveness.