Happy Early Book Birthday to The Friend!
Pub date: Feb 6th
This is one weirdly meta book. Predominantly about grief told through the lens of a woman’s relationship with a dog, this book was all over the place. However, that wasn’t a bad thing for Nunez’s story. Her characters felt full and realistic, scatterbrained and so human.
A woman, whose name we are never told, loses her best friend and mentor to suicide, a slightly older male author. He leaves her his Great Dane, a dog whom she cannot have in her apartment according to her lease. The woman becomes overly attached to the dog, and worries about him constantly, becoming his emotional therapy human. Her grieving process is the focal point of this intensely emotional read.
I’m not gonna lie, I had a few existential crises while reading this story. This book and all its characters are very self aware, and I had a hard time staying focused throughout the story because I kept thinking the author was making such important points that I followed my own tangential thoughts down.
I loved the role Apollo the Great Dane played in this story. In case you didn’t know, the softest place in my heart is reserved exclusively for dogs, and although Apollo was portrayed in an almost magical realism light, I found him charming. Nearly a crier for me, Apollo is quite the charmer.
Trigger Warning: This book contains a lot of suicidal ideation and details.
I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.