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The Friend

Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

Winner of the 2018 National Book Award 

New York Times notable book of 2018

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 traumatised 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 unravelling. 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.

©2018 Sigrid Nunez (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"A beautiful book...a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." (Wall Street Journal)

"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." (NPR)

"Dry, allusive and charming...the comedy here writes itself." (New York Times)

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Breathtakingly beautiful

A beautiful lyrical book which captures the essence of love and loss. Once finished i wanted to re-read it immediately to recapture the emotions.

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