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Author: Sigrid Nunez Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Penguin Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2018 ISBN: 9780525528340
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WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD  NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "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.” The New York Times 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. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In crystalline prose, Nunez creates an impressively controlled portrait of the ‘exhaustion of mourning.’”

    New Yorker

  • “A wry riff on Rilke’s idea of love as two solitudes that ‘protect and border and greet each other.’”

    Vogue

  • The Friend exposes an extraordinary reserve of strength waiting to be found in storytelling and unexpected companionship.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “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

  • Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction
  • An Entertainment Weekly Pick of Books to Help You De-Stress

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About the Author

Sigrid Nunez is the author of A Feather on the Breath of God and Naked Sleeper. She has been the recipient of several literary awards, including a Whiting Writer’s Award. She has taught at Amherst College, Smith College, Columbia University and the New School, and has been a visiting writer or writer in residence at Washington University, Baruch College, Vassar College, Boston University, and the University of California, Irvine, among others.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.