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Friday Nights

2.95 of 5 stars 2.95  ·  rating details  ·  1,082 ratings  ·  186 reviews
Joanna Trollope's warm, insightful novel stars Eleanor, who invites two young mothers into her home from off the street, and slowly begins to connect with them and their friends. But when one of them meets a man, new questions are posed: can female friendships withstand the jealousies and intricacies of love?With wit and warmth Joanna Trollope opens a window onto six very...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published 2007)
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Jan 21, 2010 K rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not really; read an earlier Joanna Trollope instead
Recommended to K by: My sister was reading it and I happened to find it here
Shelves: chicklit
Six women form a sisterhood of sorts, meeting every Friday night. Four of them are almost interchangeable except for their circumstances; two are simply annoying. And then -- da dum! -- one of them finds a boyfriend (Jackson), and once she introduces him to the group, things will never be the same. Jackson proceeds to proposition several of the women in a variety of ways, falsely leading them to believe that he's either attracted to them or interested in investing in them financially.

Where to b...more
I enjoyed this book although it didn't focus on their Friday night get-togethers as much as I thought it would, you know, like The Jane Austen Book Club. It makes sense that it would have to go into their lives individually. It was interesting that the character of Jackson introduced into the group became such a catalyst for change affecting all of them. I always read Trollope's books and enjoy the way she develops the characters.
This book has so irritated me that I thus far have not finished it, with no great intention to do so. I found the characters to be one dimensional, and were not developed enough to enable me to feel as though I had an understanding of them. THe build up to the introduction of a man to the group was so hyped up, I put the book down. Maybe I have missed the point somewhere, but thus far, it eludes me
It is huge for me to quit a book. It happens incredibly rarely. Even if it's just okay I stick with it. My semi-OCD tendencies compel me to finish what I start. But even that couldn't keep me slogging through this one. What a yawn fest! At more than 50 pages in I was bored senseless. The characters were utterly boring and nothing I'd read made me care what happened to them. I kept waiting for something - anything - to happen. Enough is enough. I give.

Surprisingly, I've read quite a bit of praise...more
David Pimenta
Noites de Sexta-Feira, a tradução para Friday Nights, é o penúltimo de um total de dezassete livros da autoria de Joanna Trollope. Não tinha qualquer conhecimento da obra desta escritora até apreciar a capa desta novidade da Porto Editora (e ainda dizem que as capas não contam para fazer um bom livro. Pelo menos apelam para a curiosidade do leitor).
A história não podia ser mais usual, diria cliché. Eleanor, Paula, Lindsay, Jules, Blaise e Karen são as seis protagonistas, cada uma com a sua vida...more
Este livro foi uma desilusão, que apesar de o ter percebido nos primeiros capítulos continuei e continuei sem a minha opinião se alterar.
Com uma capa e uma temática destas esperava algo ao género do Sexo e a Cidade, cheio de aventuras e segredos femininos, mas o que encontrei foi uma obra sem história nenhuma que se centra num punhado de personagens ocas e sem grande sentido de vida. O próprio texto não nos acrescenta mais que a sinopse e apesar da pergunta patente do final desta última, ficamos...more
Leanne Hunt
I liked the pretext of this novel - how women support each other and form a community which is stable and enduring, and how just one man coming into the mix results in irreversible change for every member. The broad framework of the story gave the author lots of room to explore the individual characters and their interactions, which was nice. However, I had hoped to care more about the women in the story. Surprisingly, it was the children who ended up charming me the most, and about whom I was m...more
A really interesting read, I'm sure I'll be checking out more of this author's books. You have a group of friends, Eleanor, the elderly matriarch, who says it like it is; Blaise, the businesswoman, who runs a business with Karen, whose husband, the artist, who hasn't earned some money in awhile, resulting in Karen's life being completely overwhelming with home and work; Lindsey, the widow, and her sister, Jules, young and wild; and Paula, also divorced, who has a child as a result of an affair....more
I love Joanna Trollope, but this is not my favorite; in fact, I think it is the weakest book she has written that I have read. I persevered because Trollope is usually an author that I can't put down, but it took me about half way through the book before I found the story and characters compelling. Of the characters, I thought that Eleanor was the most interesting and yet, because of Trollope's dialogue style, the most difficult to read. She has great lines, but the syntax is choppy because of w...more
Eva Mitnick
I'm a Trollope fan - love domestic tales set in England - but this isn't one of my favorites. Although it has its moments, none of the six women who compose this tale of female friendship are as carefully and attentively developed as I would have liked. Some of them are downright unlikable, and none of them is particularly tolerant of each other. I found Eleanor, the older retired woman who brings them all together, to be particularly exasperating - she is so ready to let others know her opinion...more
Kristy Trauzzi
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Carla Chapman
I really enjoyed this book. The characters held my attention and interest. I loved the multi generational friendships in this book. It reminds me of what neighborhoods should be like. All too often, we oldsters forget how difficult it is to be a young parent. A kind word or deed really can help. The reverse is true , of course, too. The characters seemed like real people to me. I was sorry when I finished the book!
Joanna Fulton
I couldn't get through all of this book; after waiting for something interesting to happen, I gave up. Three words to describe: boredom, annoyance, lifeless. I've never read any Trollope books before, so I can't judge as to her general style, but I think this story could have gone somewhere if it weren't for the mind-numbing writing style and lack of any spark.
I was really disappointed by this offering from Trollope. There were too many characters none of whom emerged or developed that much. I nearly stopped reading when one of the characters had to suppress the urge to bite the cushion. Seriously, who does that.
5 whiny women. Have to stop now.
Mikael Kuoppala
"Friday Nights" could be called a homier, more common and realistic take on the "Sex and the City"-concept. Trollope's novel follows the lives of several women struggling with issues of identity, relationships and aging, all in a very grounded and undramatic context. I do like the way the book is written with clear yet descriptive language, but I didn't warm up to anything else. For a novel that's clearly all character, "Friday Nights" has a rather underwhelming collection of characters. None of...more
Aug 30, 2009 Helen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Brooke, Tara, Ashley, Rhonda
Joanna Trollope is related to THE TROLLOPE. I have been reading her for as many years as I can find her books. Having finally caught up with all she had written I was very pleased to find this latest novel.

I would say that most of her books have to do with the man/woman relationship. Marriages, partnerships, families. She always seems to have a different angle with each book. "Friday Nights" though is the first one I have read that deals mainly with women-their friendships and to a small degree,...more
Eleanor, a retired single woman, decides to invite two young mothers - Paula and Lindsay - to hang out with her on Friday nights, along with their small children. Wanting something to do, they go along, sometimes joined by Lindsay's younger sister Jules. Eleanor's neighbour Blaise is invited, along with her business partner Karen.. and gradually, strong friendships form.

Then Paula meets a new man, and wants to bring him to the group. Everyone is a little uncertain about this, and indeed, althou...more
"Being alone, Eleanor knew, was not in itself undesirable: it was the circumstances of aloneness that made it either a friend or a foe."

"Her father said, 'The point of continuing your education is to provide you with the tools for a satisfying life later on. Nobody notices their twenties and thirties going by because there's so much going on.' He stopped and then he said sadly, 'It's the forties and fifties you have to worry about. It's when it all starts slowing down.' "

"Men aren't a career, yo...more
Nov 07, 2009 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nina
Shelves: fiction
Friday Nights is about an unlikely group of women coming together as friends. Eleanor, an older retired woman, notices two young single mothers pushing baby strollers on her street. They are always alone and look a little lost and stressed out. She invites them to come to her flat on a Friday night. The women, Lindsay and Paula, aren't quite sure of Eleanor's motivation but decide to go. They can't afford to do much of anything to get out for fun and Eleanor tells them to bring their babies with...more
An older retired woman, Eleanor, sees some neighboring younger women with children pass her house frequently, always alone. She decides to introduce them to each other and starts the Friday night socials. Eventually, their group expanded to six women, three of them with children. This is the story of their lives and their choices, and how things change over the years of their Friday night meetings. When a new man enters the scenario, he is a catalyst for change in their lives.

I enjoyed the chara...more
Maggie Bramley
Joanna Trollope’s latest novel is a slight departure from he previous novels in that it is about six individual women, rather than a family.

The women are a disparate collection of characters ranging in age from early twenties to seventy plus.
The group, instigated by Eleanor as an antidote to loneliness, meet regularly on Friday nights to share a bottle of wine. But when one member of the group meets a man, everything changes, with far-reaching consequences for everyone.

I have been a fan of Joa...more
The book was an easy read but nothing too exciting. A group of women of various ages and stages in life gather on Friday nights. They start going thru various life events - meeting men, marriage trouble, work burnout, moves, etc. and that is about as exciting as it gets.
I've been on a Joanna Trollope kick this summer, and not regretting it one bit! She's good! And this particular title is the perfect summer read. As with much of Trollope's fiction, it's skilfully crafted, with fascinating yet ordinary characters, an engaging sequence of scenes, very believable dialog, and a profound insight into what makes people tick, and how change becomes possible, or in some cases, necessary! I love the way she portrays contemporary British domestic life, which after all is...more
So I give this three stars for topic, two for quality. I like the idea of how a man can affect a group, and how much people come to rely on each other in bad ways. In this way I felt Friday Nights was a touch more sophisticated than most books of its genre. However, the writing, while clean, was at times hackneyed and annoying; the characters were interesting enough but sort of interchangeable, and at times I found my mind drifting while I read it. I would say more but my sister covered this one...more
Julie Pippert
I stayed up waaaaaaay too late because I could not set down this book. I'm a constant fan of all of Trollope's work, and I probably say this after every one of her books, but this one might be my favorite. That's not because it's better than the others -- which are all brilliant -- but because it was the exact right book at the exact right time. Trollope had me from the first page to the last. Great plot, brilliant pacing, gorgeous narrative, exquisite character development and the dialogue is p...more
Joanna Trollope writes with amazing insight into the thoughts and actions of her characters. I'm always thinking, "Yes, I know exactly what she means, and I've felt like that too," without ever having previously identified for myself in that way. In this book, the main characters are women who have formed a Friday night group, where they drink wine and discuss their lives. Children and sisters come along too, and everybody has benefited in different ways from these relationships. When one woman...more
Every now and then I read a Joanna Trollope book and I am always struck by how much I have enjoyed it! This was no exception, she grows your belief in the characters and I really liked it!
Joanna Trollope succeeds in engaging you with her characters so you feel they are your friends or neighbours and sympathize accordingly. It is a brave step for the retired 70 year old Eleanor to go outside her comfort zone and invite two young single mothers to her house. Yet the Friday nights become a stabilizing factor and even lead to new friendships. The introduction of the alien element of Jackson unsettles the whole arrangement in different ways but the resolution of the various conflicts...more
This book is okay as "chick lit" books go. Nothing really happens, though, which is kind of annoying. I like the characters and Trollope's writing style, but I wish there was more of a change, more of a reason for telling this story. I get that it's contemporary fiction, everyday life sort of stuff, but if I compare it to others of its genre, like Jennifer Weiner's Good in Bed or any of Cecelia Ahern's and Ann Brashares's books, this doesn't really accomplish anything. I read it for a break afte...more
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Joanna Trollope was born on 9 December 1943 in her grandfather's rectory in Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, England, daughter of Rosemary Hodson and Arthur George Cecil Trollope. She is the eldest of three siblings. She is a fifth-generation niece of the Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope and is a cousin of the writer and broadcaster James Trol...more
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