When We Were Friends: A Novel

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Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011 - Fiction - 366 pages
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Lainey Carson and Sydney Beaumont were the closest of friends--until they reached high school and Sydney's burgeoning popularity made it easy for her to leave the contemplative, ungainly Lainey behind.

Eighteen years later, Lainey, who lives at home caring for her mother, is an artist who's never found the courage to live her dreams. When Sydney shows up on her doorstep with her infant daughter, insisting that Lainey is the only friend she can trust, Lainey reluctantly agrees to take temporary custody of the baby to protect her from an abusive father.

But that very night, Sydney appears on the evening news--claiming that her daughter has been kidnapped. Unsure of whom she can trust, Lainey is forced to go on the run with a child who is not her own--but whose bond with her grows stronger every day they spend together. In search of a safe place to stay, Lainey befriends a man who, concerned for their welfare, offers them a home. But as the two grow closer she starts to realize that he may be harboring his own secrets.

An utterly riveting story that will keep you turning the pages, When We Were Friends asks how we define motherhood and family, whether we ever truly overcome our pasts, and what friendship really means.

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User Review  - AudrieClifford - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the book and would welcome the opportunity to read others by the same author. At the same time, I'll admit that none of the characters engaged me fully. The narrator, Lainey, had many traits ... Read full review

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User Review  - teeth - LibraryThing

This book was about a relationship between Lainey and Sydney who were best friends until high school when Sydney betrays her. lainey never gets past the hurt. This story was a bit unbelievable at times but did have a story that made you want to read on. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Elizabeth Arnold was raised in New York, and has degrees from Vassar College and Princeton University. She lives with her husband in Hopewell, New Jersey, where she is at work on her next novel.

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