The Friend

The Friend

Book - 2018
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Becoming the guardian of her late best friend's enormous Great Dane, a grieving woman is evicted from her no-pets apartment and forges a deep bond with the equally distraught animal in ways that initially disturb her friends.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2018.
ISBN: 9780735219441
0735219443
Branch Call Number: FIC NUNEZ
Characteristics: 212 pages

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megan234
Jun 17, 2018

Oh boy, another writer writing about a writer writing about writing. How meta. And there's death. And a dog. But maybe no death. But then, yes. And they say postmodernism is dead. If you really want to read a writer writing about a writer writing about writing, a much better choice is Richard Russo's Straight Man. Yes, there's the whole discussing one's writing students, but at least there's some humor there that's mostly absent from this novel, and Russo's novel seems to have some originality while this novel feels like I've read this thing many times before. There's a couple of dead dogs in Straight Man, too, if that's a draw. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon has all these elements as well, also quite funny. But this novel is as unoriginal as they come. My bad for bothering to slog through it once I realized it was a pale imitation of all the other novels where writers feel obliged to talk about writing. Oh, I wish they would just stop.

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laphampeak
Mar 25, 2018

Nunez displays a strong literary writing skill. The story seemed a bit "stream of consciousness" as the main character, a writer, thinks outloud. A mentor and strong friend dies and leaves our female lead contemplating, writing, commenting on authors, ex-wives, and, of course accepting the bequething of his Great Dane. It seems somewhat loosely put together - quips and quotes and dog things interjected.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 03, 2018

Moving, thoughtful, profoundly sad, and one of the best-written and best-constructed books I've read in years. I would not be at all surprised if this, the first book I read in 2018, ends up being my book of the year.

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