The Friend

The Friend

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2018
Description: 212 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735219441
Branch Call Number: Nune


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Jan 15, 2020

January 2020
This was a book about suicide, grief, love, isolation, companionship, and life of an aging writer. A woman, who is a author, suddenly loses her friend/lover and also author to suicide and is left to care for his Great Dane. The story follows her journey as she copes and heals with her loss and the magical bound she forms with the dog. It is written from the woman's perspective in a series of musings about literature, life and death and how they are interconnected. The style of writing is unlike anything I've read before. I can't say I really enjoyed the book even though it kept me interested enough to finish it. I didn't find it at all humorous although every book review seems to comment that it is. This book won the National Book Award 2018 and a lot of critical praise which again I don't understand totally but to each his own I guess. (4/10)

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