Kevin's Reviews > The Friend
Sep 21, 2019
A book about the unexpected love of a woman and the dog she's adopted from her dead friend and mentor. But wait. It's really a book about grief and the long tail of love. Oh, and about literary reputation. No, no, no--it's a vast reference to movies, books, quotes, and philosophies. I'm not sure how I found myself on this string of brilliant books that do this kind of lit-crit cultural reference type of narrative (see the new books by Elisa Gabbert, Caren Beilin, and Heather Christle), but I'm pretty into it. The Friend is highly enjoyable, daringly flippant at times, and quite moving. One of my favorite novels of recent memory.
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