The Friend

The Friend

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When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the dog he has left behind. 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 unravelling. The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780735219458
Characteristics: 212 pages ;,22 cm


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Jan 13, 2020

This is a beautifully written book that intelligently and insightfully explores themes of attachment, loss, grief and the animal-human bond. It is also a reflection on writers and writing and, at the same time, touches on issues of sexual power and predation. Liberally peppered with quotes from famous writers and philosophers this book offered plenty of food for thought.

Dec 15, 2019

Fiction and memoir. The narrator is a teacher and writer. The book is about friendship, grief and mostly, writing. Unpretentious. I enjoyed it.

FPL_LaurenG Nov 15, 2019

A great read for those that love dry humor, concise sentences, and the use of parenthesis (which I do).

Nov 02, 2019

This is a beautifully-written book. It was like I was reading about a friend, and it left me feeling that I wanted a pet like Apollo the Great Dane. I liked this novel a lot.

Oct 21, 2019

Be prepared for an in-depth probe of grief if you pick up this book as well as in-depth musings on the writing process and writers. Through this process the author showcases her knowledge of literature and philosophy and bonding with a hulk of a dog. I can’t see how anyone in the midst of grief would find any solace in the book and for the non-grief stricken it was downright depressing.

OPL_ErinD Sep 08, 2019

You could take so much away from this small book. It's about loss and friendship, it's about a dog and the bond between man and animal, but it's also a beautiful book about writing and literature that had me making a new "to be read" list as I made my way through it.

Jul 30, 2019

Nice, quick read. A pleasant contemplation on life, death, and grief.

Jul 14, 2019

I didn't like the writing style, or the format of, I guess, writing a letter to a friend who died. Couldn't get very far.

Jul 12, 2019

Well -- how could I have never known the name of this superlative writer? -- until I last week, when I saw this particular book by Nunez, recommended on the morning TV show.

Winner of the National Book Award for fiction yr 2018 of the National Book Foundation. (USA)

Beautiful, beautiful prose. Tough and tender. Written as a memoir, but categorized as fiction. Go figure. Not a book to dash thru in reading.

I am enchanted by Nunez's lyrical architecture of thought put into words. Such a true story.
It's like taking a canoe ride on the surface of grief, rolling on a perfectly beautiful lake that has parts and pits of of dark, dark swirling waters and surprise tributaries.
And, gigantic Apollo; he's a star, lighting the way along a muddy path.

Jul 09, 2019

Smart, thoughtful meditation on writing, mortality, friendship, etc.

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