Over the course of one day, the ties connecting three characters—a wife, her husband, and her best friend—come undone in Ore Agbaje-Williams’ The Three of Us. The novel begins with the unnamed wife’s perspective as her best friend Temi comes over to hang out for the first time in a while. Though it seems like a normal day, there’s something brewing below the surface as the wife recalls Temi’s influence over her life and choices. Friends since they were 11-years-old, they now face a tenuous point in adulthood, as the wife deals with her ambivalence over having children amid increasing familial pressure to do so, and feels judged by Temi. When her workaholic husband comes home, the dynamic shifts, bringing to the fore long-simmering tensions between the two people that the wife holds most dear. —Mahita Gajanan
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