This might seem like a gimme. Of course, there are friends in the novel; friendship exists. But Freedom explores the nature of friendship to an extent that few novels are willing. Needless to say, things get complicated when you've got a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her husband's best friend. These are intense, intimate relationships. What about the acquaintances most of our lives are filled with too? (You know, like the 400 people you're friends with on Facebook.) Yeah, the people in Freedom aren't so good at those. What's that all about?