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The contemplation of writing and the loss of integrity in our literary life form the heart of the novelNunezs prose itself comforts us Her confident and direct style upliftsthe music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence She addresses important ideas unpretentiously and offers wisdom for any aspiring writer who, as the narrator fears, may never know this dear, intelligent friendor this world that is dying But is it dying Perhaps But with The Friend, Nunez provides evidence that, for now, it survives The New York Times Book ReviewCharming the comedy here writes itself the novel s tone in general, however, is mournful and resonant The snap of her sentences sometimes puts me in mind of Rachel Cusk The New York TimesIn crystalline prose, Nunez creates an impressively controlled portrait of the exhaustion of mourning The New YorkerEverywhere in this novel it is impossible to separate love and companionship from loss The Friendis one of those rare novels that, in the end, makes your heart beat slower Los Angeles Review of BooksA beautiful book crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and loveWall Street JournalA penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory, what it means to be a writer today, and various forms of love and friendship Nunez has a wry, withering witNPRThe book is an intimate, beautiful thing, deceptively slight at aroundpages, but humming with insight an artfully discursive meditation on friendship, love, death, solitude, canine companionship and the life of an aging writer in New York Far from being heavy going, this novel, written as a letter to the late friend, is peppered with wry observations, particularly those of a writer stuck teaching undergraduates The Economist In this slim but pitch perfect novel, a writer loses her best friend and mentor suddenly without explanationWry and moving, The Friendis a love story, a mania story, and a recovery story Vanity Fair A poignant reflection on loss and companionship Marie ClaireA sneaky gut punch of a novela consummate example of the human animal tale The Friends tone is dry, clear, directwhich is the surest way to carry off this sort of close up study of anguish and attachment Harper s Magazine A wry riff on Rilkes idea of love as two solitudes that protect and border and greet each other VogueWith enormous heart and eloquence, Nunez explores cerebral responses to loss The Friendexposes an extraordinary reserve of strength waiting to be found in storytelling and unexpected companionship Minneapolis Star Tribune Often as funny as it is thoughtful, The Friend is an elegant meditation on grief, friendship, healing, and the bonds between humans and dogs BuzzfeedA serious book about a big sloppy dog, Nunezs seventh novel displays the intellectual heft of her late friends work, but also a distinctive sense of humor and narrative momentumVultureA brilliant examination of the writers life, literary friendship, mortality, bereavement, and our relationship to animals The novel is not easily summarized the true rewards of this reading experience are the crystalline prose Readers will also savor the surprising shifts in narrative focus The Rumpus An elegant and darkly humorous meditation on grief and companionship, it s a great read whether or not you re obsessed with canines ShondalandSigrid Nunezs novel deliversan enthralling, emotional talePaste Magazine The Friendis proof that what we lack is itself a vital part of life and that loss can lead to meaningful connections found in unlikely places Sometimes it can take an animal to make a person understand their own humanity And sometimes a book as unexpected as The Friendcan provide as much comfort as any canine companion BN ReviewQuietly brilliant and darkly funny The Friendis rigorous and stark, so elegantso dismissive of conventional notions of plotit hardly feels like fiction Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty a singular book Kirkus,starred review Riveting This elegant novel explores both rich memories and day to day mundanity, reflecting the way that, especially in grief, the past is oftenvibrant than the present Publishers Weekly Light, musing, curious, and somehow wonderfully sturdy Vivian Gornick for Bookforum Brilliant but informal, sad yet laugh out loud funny This beautiful, spare, work will not disappoint Bookpage Nunez offers an often hilarious, always penetrating look at writing, grief, and the companionship of dogs BooklistThe joys of this novel lie in Nunezs striking capacity to describe the world and its inhabitants, both human and animal Nunez is a keen observer of behavior, and throughout the text she plants wonderful nuggets that immediately ring true yet still manage to be surprising Michigan Daily A slow, poignant meditation on grief, rife with pithy literary myths and quotations Literature nerds, creative writing students, and dog lovers will find this work delightful Recommended for literary fiction collections Library Journal Nunezs story of a dog and his inadvertent caregiver is a darkly humorous and unsentimental tale of friendship, mourning, and solace Electric Lit The intensity and elegance of The Friend mean two thingsyou cannot put it down and you will cry In a novel about loss and the loneliness of writing and imagination, Sigrid Nunez creates an irresistible tale of love and an unforgettable Great Dane A beautiful, beautiful bookthe most original canine love story since My Dog Tulip Cathleen Schine, bestselling author of They May Not Mean To, But They DoSigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others She is also the author of Sempre Susan A Memoir of Susan Sontag She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship Nunez lives in New York City

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