The Friend

The Friend

Book - 2018
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When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735219441
Branch Call Number: NUN
Characteristics: 212 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 25, 2018

Nunez displays a strong literary writing skill. The story seemed a bit "stream of consciousness" as the main character, a writer, thinks outloud. A mentor and strong friend dies and leaves our female lead contemplating, writing, commenting on authors, ex-wives, and, of course accepting the bequething of his Great Dane. It seems somewhat loosely put together - quips and quotes and dog things interjected.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 03, 2018

Moving, thoughtful, profoundly sad, and one of the best-written and best-constructed books I've read in years. I would not be at all surprised if this, the first book I read in 2018, ends up being my book of the year.

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