Tall Poppies Review: ‘Entanglement’: A Story of Friendship, Loyalty, and Struggles

Entanglement by Katie Rose Guest Pryal is an evocative story of enduring friendship and the ties that bind.

Entanglement Katie Rose Guest PryalCharismatic Daphne, and her more reserved best friend Greta, both have troubled pasts so they are anxious to start an exciting new chapter in Los Angeles near the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. No matter what happens, they know they have each other. The girls quickly find work and a cute, quirky apartment. When they can’t immediately afford furniture they make the best of things and sleep on the floor where they muse together about their ambitions and dreams. With care and tenderness, Daphne guides Greta through the painstaking death of her mother, who had been suffering with a terminal illness. Steadfast loyalty through adversity, and humor, has created an indelible bond… or so it seems. But danger looms.

Daphne is ambitious and beautiful, and attention comes easily to her. She is determined to make it big in the city and to bring her best friend along for what she is determined will be an exciting ride. What Greta longs for, however, is stability. It is a difference that will soon put them at odds. When Greta begins an intense romance with her boss, she tries for the first time in her life to assert her independence. She is happy and falling in love, but a power struggle quickly ensues. It is a struggle that will threaten more than their loyalty to each other. One fateful evening, Daphne takes her Hollywood ambitions—and her need to control the friendship, a step too far, actually putting Greta in peril.

Through heartfelt writing and compelling characters that we quickly come to care about, Pryal draws her readers in and sweeps them deftly toward the surprising conclusion.

The book is a beautiful example of the frailty of human relationships, and of their resilience.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie Rose Guest PryalKatie Rose Guest Pryal is a novelist, freelance journalist, and erstwhile law professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of the Hollywood Lights Series, which includes Entanglement (2015), Love and Entropy (2015), Chasing Choas (2016), and How to Stay (2017), all from Blue Crow Books. With Raven Books, she is the author of Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017). As a journalist, Katie contributes to Quartz, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The (late, lamented) Toast, Dame Magazine, and other national venues. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship. A professor of writing for more than a decade, she now teaches creative writing and works as a writing coach and developmental editor.

 

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