Long term friendships often have their beginnings at the school gate. The regular, often daily, contact, play dates, and a common interest are conducive to relationships, often between very different personalities. The novel Mrs., by Caitlin Macy, delves into the lives of the parents before their children start formal education, and then deals with the repercussions of discovering a prior knowledge of one another.
There are contrasts of empathy and apathy, altruism and narcissism among the characters, as well as loyalty and treachery. A book that will make you tread carefully when new friendships are forged with new families, most of whom you’ll be coming across for the many years of your children’s education, like it or not!