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True Friends

Patti Miller



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Queensland Univ. Press
04 April 2022
A revealing and powerful memoir about the making and unmaking of friendships.

'It's hard to know exactly when the friendship with Gina ended. It could have been when the sudden text message from her arrived, or it could have been a slow slide out of favour that I willed myself not to see. What matters is that it did end, and I don't know why.' Friendships are among the most important relationships in our lives, often outlasting love affairs, marriages, even, at times, family connections. The loss of a friend can be one of life's most disturbing events, yet these 'friend break-ups' are little acknowledged in our culture.

In True Friends, acclaimed author Patti Miller recounts the joyful making and then painful ending of a long, close friendship. It is a deep and influential relationship in her life, but when it inexplicably unravels, Patti is left searching for answers. As she tries to make sense of this ending, Patti considers other important friendships throughout her life, questioning who we are drawn to, what we really know of each other and why some friendships endure while others end.

Evocative and intimate, this engaging book brings together the personal and the universal and reminds us of the centrality of friendships in our lives.

Kathryn Heyman

‘Warm and welcoming, True Friends is full of candid insights about the threads of friendship that weave through our lives – and what it means when a friendship is lost. Reading it, I felt connected to – and enlarged by – a whole new circle of friendship. I loved it.’
Kristina Olsson

‘True Friends is at once a visceral and tender exploration of friendship’s consolations and risks, the mysteries of connection and the creative life. In its raw depth and honesty, the story reveals as much about Miller as it does about relationships and the creative life — and the tensions that spark between them.’
Ceridwen Dovey

‘This brave and beautiful book explores what friendships give to and take from us on our life journeys, while also contemplating the mercurial nature of memory and the sometimes treacherous impulse towards storytelling. A profound meditation on how bound up we become in the lives and stories of our friends, no matter if the friendship is fleeting or lasting, each person comes away transformed in significant ways.’

 True Friends

Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 226mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 21mm
Weight:   374g
ISBN:   9780702265549
ISBN 10:   0702265543
Pages:   312
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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