A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog.
WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD
‘A true delight: I genuinely fear I won’t read a better novel this year’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Loved this. A funny, moving examination of love, grief, and the uniqueness of dogs’ GRAHAM NORTON
‘Delicious’ SUNDAY TIMES 100 BEST SUMMER READS
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, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building.
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 unravelling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
‘Very, very clever. Mature. Entertaining. Eminently readable and re-readable. Absolutely delightful’ IRISH TIMES
‘I loved it . . . It’s one of my favourite books and it moved me’ WHOOPI GOLDBERG
A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 * A Financial Times 2018 Best Book: Critics Pick * A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018 * A Bustle Best Fiction Book of 2018 * An NPR Best Book of 2018
Astonishingly fresh and tinged with sadness . . . a highly entertaining, uplifting book exploring the magical bond between humans and canines. A must-read for dog-lovers. -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * The Lady * In crystalline prose, Nunez creates an impressively controlled portrait of the 'exhaustion of mourning' * New Yorker * The contemplation of writing and the loss of integrity in our literary life form the heart of the novel . . . Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts - the 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 friend - or this world that is dying. But is it dying? Perhaps. But with The Friend, Nunez provides evidence that, for now, it survives * New York Times Book Review * Charming ... the comedy here writes itself... The snap of her sentences sometimes puts me in mind of Rachel Cusk * New York Times * An elegant and darkly humorous meditation on grief and companionship, it's a great read - whether or not you're obsessed with canines * Shondaland.com * Often as funny as it is thoughtful, The Friend is an elegant meditation on grief, friendship, healing, and the bonds between humans and dogs * Buzzfeed * A poignant reflection on loss and companionship * Marie Claire * I loved it . . . It's one of my favourite books and it moved me * Whoopi Goldberg, The View * The book is an intimate, beautiful thing, deceptively slight at around 200 pages, 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 .. peppered with wry observations * The Economist * A sneaky gut punch of a novel . . . a consummate example of the human-animal tale * Harper's Magazine * Loved this. A funny, moving examination of love, grief, and the uniqueness of dogs * Graham Norton * A pitch-perfect novel ... Wry and moving, The Friend is a love story, a mania story and a recovery story * Vanity Fair * Delicious ... An intensely pleasurable read because it is so accessible, capacious and clever * Sunday Times * Very very clever. Mature. Entertaining. Eminently readable and re-readable. In short, absolutely delightful. * Irish Times * A beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love * Wall Street Journal * A true delight: I genuinely fear I won't read a better novel this year * Financial Times *
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