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The Friend

by Sigrid Nunez

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The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
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  • First Published:
    Feb 2018, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Feb 5, 2019, 224 pages

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Natalie Vaynberg

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The Friend is a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

Sigrid Nunez is one of the most underrated authors writing today. Her work is so lovely, so captivating. The Friend is a perfect example of her fluidity with words, her talent for captivating the reader, and her enviable ability to distill the complexity of human existence into simple prose.

The Friend is a quiet, elegiac story of a woman attempting to come to terms with the death of her dear friend and mentor. Her grief is compounded by the sudden responsibility of caring for her deceased friend's large, desolate dog. Truly a simple plot, no fancy twists or cliffhangers, yet somehow it is still a page turner.

At the center of the novel is its narrator. Imperfect, eccentric, full of sadness and in possession of a rich and varied history, she is as real as anyone you know. From the first page, it's as if you've sat down for a cup of coffee with a deeply troubled ...

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