Few writers, it seems, are immune to what I call the "Four Friends
Formula": take four very different people (women, men, a mix), give
them a shared background (often college or university, sometimes an
apartment or office), throw in life's rich pageant, and stir.
Voila, a cosmopolitan cocktail (sic) a la Sex and the City.
(It doesn't matter at what stage in her career the author is; Rona
Jaffe's most recent book, THE ROOMMATING SEASON, followed this
scenario.) And why not? It offers four different characters, four
different storylines, four different perspectives … and more
than four ways that things can go wrong.
Jane Green, an expat Brit (who now lives Stateside with her husband
and --- guess the number --- four children), struck Chick Lit gold