In crystalline prose, Nunez creates an impressively controlled portrait of the 'exhaustion of mourning'
Very very clever. Mature. Entertaining. Eminently readable and re-readable. In short, absolutely delightful.
The book is an intimate, beautiful thing, deceptively slight at around 200 pages, but humming with insight . . . [an] artfully discursive meditation on friendship, love, death, solitude, canine companionship and the life of an aging writer in New York .. peppered with wry observations
Astonishingly fresh and tinged with sadness . . . a highly entertaining, uplifting book exploring the magical bond between humans and canines. A must-read for dog-lovers.
I loved it . . . It's one of my favourite books and it moved me
Charming ... the comedy here writes itself... The snap of her sentences sometimes puts me in mind of Rachel Cusk
Delicious ... An intensely pleasurable read because it is so accessible, capacious and clever
An elegant and darkly humorous meditation on grief and companionship, it's a great read - whether or not you're obsessed with canines
A poignant reflection on loss and companionship
A true delight: I genuinely fear I won't read a better novel this year
A beautiful book . . . crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love
Often as funny as it is thoughtful, The Friend is an elegant meditation on grief, friendship, healing, and the bonds between humans and dogs
The contemplation of writing and the loss of integrity in our literary life form the heart of the novel . . . Nunez's prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts - the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence. She addresses important ideas unpretentiously and offers wisdom for any aspiring writer who, as the narrator fears, may never know this dear, intelligent friend - or this world that is dying. But is it dying? Perhaps. But with The Friend, Nunez provides evidence that, for now, it survives
A pitch-perfect novel ... Wry and moving, The Friend is a love story, a mania story and a recovery story
A sneaky gut punch of a novel . . . a consummate example of the human-animal tale