Kimberly McCreight presents "Friends Like These," with Cristina Alger

September 9, 2021, 7:30 PM

Kimberly McCreight joins us to present her newest novel, "Friends Like These," in conversation with Cristina Alger. This program will take place on Zoom. Register here:

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Beautiful, dynamic and smart, Jonathan, Keith, Alice, Stephanie, Derrick and Maeve were the privileged “it” clique at Vassar College. But a tragic accident one night on campus snowballed, culminating in Alice’s suicide—which devastated the friends left behind and cemented their bond forever. Now, ten years after graduation, Jonathan calls each of them to reunite at his glamorous country house in a small town in the Catskills. The bucolic landscape and charming local shops can’t mask the struggles of the local community and the rising tension with weekenders—not an ideal setting for Keith’s drug intervention, which Jonathan has disguised as his bachelor party. But the friends show up. No questions asked. Because that’s what friends do.

Over the course of the weekend it becomes clear that Keith’s opioid addiction isn’t the only harrowing tailspin that’s taken place in the years since the group left school. By dawn of Sunday morning one of the friends is dead and another missing. Diving headfirst into the case, local detective Julia Scutt quickly gleans that the group is hiding more than just the events of one night gone awry. But Julia will first have to untangle the decade-long web of friendship, lies and betrayal to get to the truth. She’ll also need to face up to her own past—to events that could, in the end, offer the key to everything.

A twisty, thrilling roller-coaster of a novel, Friends Like These is also an emotionally resonant mystery that examines the risks of blind loyalty and the harrowing complexities of unconditional love.

Kimberly McCreight’s novel Reconstructing Amelia has been optioned by HBO and Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films and A Good Marriage is coming soon from Amazon and Blossom Films. McCreight is also the author of The New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy The Outliers (The Outliers, The Scattering, and The Collide), optioned for film by Lionsgate and Reese Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard.  She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Cristina Alger is the New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us, The Banker's WifeThe Darlings, and This Was Not the Plan. A graduate of Harvard College and NYU Law School, she worked as a financial analyst and a corporate attorney before becoming a writer. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.