An anthology of essays about friends by a variety of women authors. They illustrate that being a writer and the idea of friendship are linked in the writer's mind. Whatever differences exist among the writers represented here -- who come from various ethnic and racial groups, and with different political agendas and geographical sympathies -- that connection recurs repeatedly. Their writing is nurtured by memory, exists in recollection, and invokes the past. Includes: Shirley Abbott, Michelle Cliff, Susan Kenney, Margot Livesey, Joyce Carol Oates, Meg Pei, Connie Porter, Carolyn See, Jane Smiley, Nancy Willard, and many others. "A winning collection."