Long-standing tensions between a husband, his wife, and her best friend finally come to a breaking point in this sharp domestic comedy of manners, told brilliantly over the course of one day.
What if the two most important people in your life hated each other with a passion?
The wife has it all. A big house in a nice neighborhood, a ride-or-die snarky friend with whom to laugh about facile men, and an affectionate husband who loves her above all else. The only thing missing from this portrait is a baby. But motherhood is a serious undertaking, especially for the wife who has valued her selfhood more than anything.
On a seemingly normal day, the best friend comes over to spend a lazy afternoon with the wife. But when the husband comes home and a series of confessions are made that threaten to throw everything off balance, the wife's two confidantes are suddenly forced to jockey for their positions. Told in three taut, mesmerizing parts--the wife, the husband, the best friend--the day quickly unfolds to show how the trio's dented visions of each other finally unravel, throwing everyone's integrity into question--and their long-drawn-out territorial dance, carefully constructed over pivotal years, into utter chaos.
At once subversively comical, wildly astute, and painfully compulsive, The Three of Us explores cultural truths, what it means to defy them, and the fine line between compromise and betrayal, ultimately asking: who are we if not for the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and the people we're meant to love?
Ore Agbaje-Williams is a British Nigerian writer and book editor from London. The Three of Us is her first novel.
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (May 16, 2023)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- ISBN-10: 0593540719
- ISBN-13: 9780593540718
- Item Weight: 10.1 ounces
- Dimensions: 5.19 x 0.47 x 7.63 inches