The Friend - Sigrid Nunez

The Friend

By Sigrid Nunez

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
4
From 205 Ratings

Description

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018

"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal

"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." —NPR

"Dry, allusive and charming…the comedy here writes itself.” The New York Times

A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.


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.

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Reviews

  • I Loved This Book

    5
    By Benb80
    I have a dog. Her name is Olive. She is sleeping at the foot of the bed as I write this. When I finished reading The Friend, my first instinct was to pick her up and hug her, but she was asleep and I did not want to disturb her. I love my dog, but now I love her even more. That is the effect this book has had on me.
  • Loved it!!

    5
    By gigi_7😉
    Loved it!! Such a good, heartwarming story!! Many happy and sad moments that will make you feel as if you are in this situation! I highly suggest this!
  • Read it

    5
    By Kafkaboyawesome
    And then you’ll know why writing an online review while giving it stars is a melancholy act.
  • Lies about a dog & a real man !?!

    5
    By qujsshbesbxnf
    👎