The Friend: A Novel Summary
Sigrid Nunez

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The Friend: A Novel Overview

A postmodern exploration of the role of writing in our contemporary political climate, Sigrid Nunez's The Friend tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an unnamed writer and a dog named Apollo. Coping with the suicide of the writer's friend, both Apollo and the narrator brave the inexplicability of death, grief, and love. Throughout the novel, Nunez addresses the themes of persistent grief, degraded art, gender inequality, fulfilling companionship, and the value of life.

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