Just read a really fascinating novel called The Art Forger (buy direct) by B.A. Shapiro. It's a fiction work that plays off of a real art heist that happened in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Over $500 million in art was stolen, and this is where the story, and our introduction to the main character, Claire Roth, begins.
There are a lot of things that interested me about the story. First, the detail and setting of the art world was a big draw. I thought the author did a really great job describing forgery, artists, and gallery owners.
The reason I mention it here is that friendships also play an important part in this book. The character of Claire has a group of friends that meet regularly in a bar. They are all artists on some level and therefore support (and in some cases compete) with each other. I immediately thought of the show Cheers and the bar where "everybody knew your name."
Claire goes to the bar for support and comfort from the rejection of the art world. But there are two friends from this bar that also play a key role in her story. One helps her in what I thought was a huge mistake, and another helps out of the big mistake.
I won't go into details, but do encourage you to read it. Lessons in friendship can be had anywhere, and novels like this are another way to look at the relationships in your own life. Besides that, it's a great story.