The Friend
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.

The Friend Details

TitleThe Friend
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
ISBN-139780735219441
Rating
GenreFiction, Animals, Contemporary, Dogs

The Friend Review

  • Ellen Gail
    January 1, 1970
    the magical bond between a woman and her dog Did someone custom order my tears?
  • Thegirlintheafternoon
    January 1, 1970
    Task: Popsugar Reading Challenge - A book about death or grief - 5/5 starsMoving, thoughtful, profoundly sad, and one of the best-written and best-constructed books I've read in years.
  • Wesley
    January 1, 1970
    An elliptical masterpiece about grief and transference as gripping as it is moving.
  • Devon H
    January 1, 1970
    This is one weirdly meta book. Predominantly about grief told through the lens of a woman's relationship with a dog, this book was all over the place. However, that wasn't a bad thing for Nunez's story. Her characters felt full and realistic, scatterbrained and so human. A woman, whose name we are never told, loses her best friend and mentor to suicide, a slightly older male author. He leaves her his Great Dane, a dog whom she cannot have in her apartment according to her lease. The woman become This is one weirdly meta book. Predominantly about grief told through the lens of a woman's relationship with a dog, this book was all over the place. However, that wasn't a bad thing for Nunez's story. Her characters felt full and realistic, scatterbrained and so human. A woman, whose name we are never told, loses her best friend and mentor to suicide, a slightly older male author. He leaves her his Great Dane, a dog whom she cannot have in her apartment according to her lease. The woman becomes overly attached to the dog, and worries about him constantly, becoming his emotional therapy human. Her grieving process is the focal point of this intensely emotional read. I'm not gonna lie, I had a few existential crises while reading this story. This book and all its characters are very self aware, and I had a hard time staying focused throughout the story because I kept thinking the author was making such important points that I followed my own tangential thoughts down. I loved the role Apollo the Great Dane played in this story. In case you didn't know, the softest place in my heart is reserved exclusively for dogs, and although Apollo was portrayed in an almost magical realism light, I found him charming. Nearly a crier for me, Apollo is quite the charmer. Trigger Warning: This book contains a lot of suicidal ideation and details. I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. 
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