The False Friend

The False Friend

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia's unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they've been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don't believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can't blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia's version of the past.

Celia's desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become--leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385527217
Branch Call Number: GOLD
Characteristics: 252 p. ; 22 cm


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Aug 25, 2017

This is the second time I've read this book, and it won't be the last. I'm drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Myla Goldberg's writing is lyrical, and the story is so relatable. I grew up witnessing 1980's schoolyard bullying and power plays like those described in the book. Even though it's painful to revisit those memories, it's refreshing to see an author placing a magnifying glass to the topic of bullying and its lasting psychological effects. Too often this topic gets swept under the rug, at least for my generation.

Aug 15, 2012

Boring and I never felt sympathetic to the main character.

You kind of find out what happens to her friend in the end but not really. Not a satisfying read at all.

Mar 16, 2011

Would not recommend. One of the worst books I have wasted my time reading. Kept hoping it would get better. It was difficult to read and did not follow any type of order. Way too

debwalker Jan 02, 2011

When Celia's long-repressed memories of the day her childhood friend vanished finally emerge, she's forced to own up to her role in the tragedy. But can she really trust her own memories?

Dec 15, 2010

This book just wasn't what I was expecting, I guess. The description makes it sound like a kind of psychological suspense novel, and it really isn't. I kept waiting...and waiting...and waiting...for something to happen, and nothing ever really did. Also, the author was incredibly wordy in places. I'm all for descriptive language, but this was a little much in some places. If you're interested in the cliques of adolescent girls, or self-discovery stories, you would probably like this book. Maybe if I'd gone into it with a different mindset I would have enjoyed it more.

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