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Friday Nights

3.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,694 Ratings  ·  259 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 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  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.

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Apr 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joanna Trollope novels provide for me a very particular, if not particularly challenging, kind of pleasure, one grounded in the details of domestic lives and personal relationships. Her books are full of well-observed details of ordinary middle-class life. This isn't one of her best, but it's reliably good.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Helen by: Rachel Pugh
Normally love character led novels. And I quite like Joanna Trollope, having been to one of her book readings many years ago with my grandma, and although she was perfectly lovely, I found her to be a bit posh and distant (Joanna Trollope, not my grandma!). She was kind enough to sign one of her novels for me, but I lent it to a friend who never returned it, and I've forgotten who I lent it to, so I guess I'll never get it back. But I digress.

I'm sorry to admit that I found I didn't enjoy this
Jun 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Mar 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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
Feb 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 50-books
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
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
The low rating of this book was extremely surprising!
This was my first by Joanna Trollope and I very much liked her beautiful and disciplined style.

I assume readers of this genre (chick lit) might want a typical lead male/lead female pair to run the show, but I found that having six main characters in a book of this size and not getting deeper into any one of them was an excellent way to emphasize what I think the author had in mind here: the dynamics between the various characters and the grou
Leanne Hunt
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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
Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kristy Trauzzi
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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
Julie Pippert
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
5 whiny women. Have to stop now.
Hilary. Mccarthy
I enjoyed this book but felt it lacked depth.
The characters were interesting but I didn't really get to know them.
I was left wanting to find out more at the end always a good sign though.
It is a book that made me think about women and their interactions, spoilt by the introduction of menfolk Into the mix.
Are women of today really the independent beings we think , this book says not.
Sarah Staddon-Phillips
I haven't read anything by Joanna before and wasn't sure, as I began what this was going to be all about. I felt I was floundering a bit until I became aware it was a beautiful observational story of 'ordinary lives. It touched upon everyone's highs and lows and what influences people to make the choices they do. A good read and I would like to try another of her books.
Prof. Marc
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a dependable read

I rely on Trollope novels for well written, none-too-deep stories. She has a quiet way of exploring women's lives and the choices they make with respect to career, relationships and children.
Helen Katz
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this audio book about friendships and relationships.
Han Le flueff
I found this really rather depressing. Picked up a bit in the second half.
Aug 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
after reading half, I still didn't care about her characters. DNF
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story progresses perfectly. every aspect of the story is kept ticking over, you become involved with their stories and care what happens to them.
Crystal Hunter
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent character development and really shows the truth that all things change.
I didn't enjoy this book. I have read others of Joanna Trollope and truly enjoyed her books.
This book was so uneventful and didn't bond with any of the characters.
This was a miss for me.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about friendship, relationships and life. 6 different people and how they interact and connect with each other.
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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
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