Book Discussion: "The Friend" led by Elise Barak

Join Book Group leader Elise Barack as she leads a discussion of The Friend by Sigrid Nunez, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for fiction.

There is a $5.00 charge to participate that is fully redeemable for merchandise in the store.  

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.

Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.

"In crystalline prose, Nunez creates an impressively controlled portrait of the 'exhaustion of mourning.'" --The New Yorker

"Everywhere in this novel it is impossible to separate love and companionship from loss... The Friend is one of those rare novels that, in the end, makes your heart beat slower." --Los Angeles Review of Books 

"A beautiful book ... crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." --Wall Street Journal

Sigrid Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her KindA Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship, among many other awards and prizes. Nunez lives in New York City.

Event date: 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780735219441
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 6th, 2018

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE VIEW'S SUMMER READ 2019 PICKS!

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


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
Availability: On Our Shelves Now....best to call before coming in to pick up.
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

ONE OF THE VIEW'S SUMMER READ 2019 PICKS!

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