The Help not only showed us what friendships and prejudice were like in the 60s, it gave us a glimpse into how changing times also forced these friendships to change. Some friends embraced change, while other friendships came to an end.
Skeeter, the friend who embraced change, was frozen out of her friend group, but like many friendships that end when things change, she was better off for it. Skeeter moved to a new city, chased her dreams of becoming an author, and inspired other people in the process.
Friendship Bread centers around three women who become unlikely friends. One women was new to the area, one was grieving the loss of a child, and another became a sort-of mentor and friend. It's a wonderful story about female friendship, and how people you didn't think you had anything in common with can become near and dear to your heart.
Friendship Bread was also the 2012 winner for Best Fiction Book About Friendship as voted on by Friendship.About.com readers.
This delightful read is about five women who come together for a monthly book club to discuss Jane Austen's books. In reality, however, they're learning more about each other and offering support for things like failed marriages, affairs, and friends who are falling in love but can't admit it to themselves.
One charming aspect of the book is the difference in ages and circumstances, and yet how each is able to relate to the other. This book offers the gentle message that your friends don't have to be just like you in order for a friendship to happen.
If you have a friend that has moved to a new city, this book by Judy Christie might be the perfect one for her. It's about someone who moves temporarily to a new town for business only to find herself unexpectedly making friends.
The friends she encounters are probably not people she would have normally initiated a new friendship with, which makes the story all the more satisfying. It's also a great slice of small town Southern life.
This book is also (like The Help) set in the 60s, but with a much different story line and feel. The friendship connection described here is unique and personal, as young Lily decides that after the woman who has been like a mother to her(Rosaleen) insults certain racist townspeople, the only choice they have to feel safe is to leave. The story is part adventure and shows off the closeness of Lily and Rosaleen beautifully. It's another book that showcases how special a mentor relationship can be.