In Store: Parnassus Book Club discusses Friends and Strangers

Join moderator Kathy Schultenover for a discussion of Courtney Sullivan’s book Friends and StrangersThis is a free registration-required event which will take place IN STORE on Tuesday, July 27th at 6:30pm Central Time. Masks will be required during this event. Please note: This event is full and registration has closed. To be placed on a waitlist, please fill out the form below. You will be notified if a space becomes available.​​​​​​​ 

(Registered attendees: If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, please call the store at 615-953-2243 at least 24 hours before the meeting so your space can be provided to another guest.)  

About the Book

An insightful, hilarious, and compulsively readable novel about a complicated friendship between two women who are at two very different stages in life, from the bestselling author of Maine and Saints for All Occasions.

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.

A masterful exploration of motherhood, power dynamics, and privilege in its many forms, Friends and Strangers reveals how a single year can shape the course of a life.


Event date: 
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215
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Friends and Strangers: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436478
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage - April 27th, 2021