22 episodes

Part book club, part podcast, Fiction Between Friends is a celebration of how a really good book can come into your life and change it. No scathing reviews or negative commentary, just great books and engaging conversations. Hosted by four childhood friends from the suburbs of Massachusetts, each episode covers either four books they’ve loved from the past, or a new release that just hit the bookshelves. It is an idyllic place for bibliophiles to rekindle their love for an old favorite or find a new one to read.

Fiction Between Friends Josephine Angelini, Aileen Calderon, Alisa Hilfinger, Lauren Sanchez

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Part book club, part podcast, Fiction Between Friends is a celebration of how a really good book can come into your life and change it. No scathing reviews or negative commentary, just great books and engaging conversations. Hosted by four childhood friends from the suburbs of Massachusetts, each episode covers either four books they’ve loved from the past, or a new release that just hit the bookshelves. It is an idyllic place for bibliophiles to rekindle their love for an old favorite or find a new one to read.

    S2 E14: We all read Latinx writers!

    S2 E14: We all read Latinx writers!

    *Trigger warning: The beginning of this episode starts off with a politically charged conversation about the Supreme Court and the recent overturning of Roe v Wade. But we eventually do talk about books. ** Also, this is our last episode before our summer break, but we will be back in the fall rested and refreshed, with more amazing books to share with you all. Aileen read Olga Dies Dreaming by Sochi Gomez, a story that explores two different interpretations of the American Dream i...

    • 52 min
    S2 E13: YA titles recommended by actual young adults

    S2 E13: YA titles recommended by actual young adults

    Alisa’s daughter Ella, and Lauren’s daughter Ana gave us a list of YA titles we hadn’t read yet. Aileen read We Were Liars by E. Lockheart, a thriller with a blow-your-mind twist at the end. Though classified as YA, we all felt like this book was just as suitable for adults also.Lauren read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak after years of her daughter Ana telling her to. Ana has a special connection to this book and briefly joins us to talk about how books she read and loved when she was i...

    • 59 min
    S2 E12: The thinking woman’s page turners

    S2 E12: The thinking woman’s page turners

    This week we read books that hovered somewhere in the beach read category, yet much more challenging and satisfying than the run-of-the-mill sand and surf fluff. Aileen read The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller, a story of summer, secrets, love, and lies.Lauren read Mr. Wrong Number, a hilarious rom-com by Lynn Painter.Alisa read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, about an aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon who is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous l...

    • 53 min
    S2 E11: Guest host NYT bestselling author Beth Revis

    S2 E11: Guest host NYT bestselling author Beth Revis

    This week on Fiction Between Friends we have a special guest, New York Times bestselling author, Beth Revis! We talk about her new book The Princess and the Scoundrel, coming out August 16, 2022, and her serial novel Museum of Magic that is out right now on Kindle Vella. Beth tells us all about the lovely people at Star Wars, and about how she worked pulling tarot cards and throwing dice to decide plot points in Museum of Magic. We also discuss the state of YA, publishing in general, and...

    • 48 min
    S2 E10: We read historical fiction and love it

    S2 E10: We read historical fiction and love it

    This week the gang reads historical fiction. Alisa and Aileen are old pros at this sub-genre while Josie and Lauren are more like dabblers. Ironically, almost all of the picks were in the WW2 category while Josie was the odd duck who traveled back to medieval Europe.Aileen read Moloka’i by Alan Brennert. She’s been trying for years to read this book but every time she picked it up, she’d put it back down after asking herself, “do I really want to read about a leper colony?” Well, she finally ...

    • 55 min
    S2 E9: Guest host writer/director Barbara Stepansky

    S2 E9: Guest host writer/director Barbara Stepansky

    Ever wonder how your favorite book becomes a movie or a TV show? Well, wonder no longer because we have brought in a bona-fide filmmaker to explain it.Lauren couldn’t be with us, but we had our first guest speaker, Barbara Stepansky on in her place. Barbara is an award-winning screenwriter and a director who writes for the show Outlander. She had us read Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden as a hypothetical book-to-miniseries project and we had a blast “breaking” the story (that’s Hollywo...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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I absolutely loved your review of The Song of Achilles. It was so insightful and well thought out. This is my favorite book and I love coming across podcasts that discuss it.

jbsmunky ,

Like being with my best friends

I love these ladies so much! They are so fun, pick relatable and enjoyable books, and just make my day better when I listen. It’s like hanging out with my best friends, sharing stories and enjoying each other’s company.

Gadzooks!!!! ,

My new go to!!

Dare I say that I actually look forward to folding laundry now? Fiction with friends is now part of my routine. This is the first podcast I’ve listened to with 4 hosts who are clearly such good friends and let me tell you, it makes a difference. I can’t help but find myself smiling along and feeling like I’m the 5th friend. Highly recommend.

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