The Friend

Now meeting at both 11:00am and 5:30pm!

Join the Broad Street Readers for a discussion of Sigrid Nunez’ 2018 National Book Award winner, The Friend, which the Wall Street Journal calls a “beautiful book … crammed with a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love.”  Nunez’s book is about a woman mourning the suicide of a close friend, mentor, and fellow writer, who agrees to take in his traumatized, bereft dog, a massive, arthritic Great Dane.  He stinks up her tiny Manhattan apartment and threatens her rent-stabilized lease — but also provides unexpected solace.

Praise for The Friend:

In this slim but pitch-perfect novel, a writer loses her best friend and mentor suddenly without explanation…Wry and moving, The Friend is a love story, a mania story, and a recovery story.” —Vanity Fair

“Nunez offers an often-hilarious, always-penetrating look at writing, grief, and the companionship of dogs.” —Booklist

“The joys of this novel lie in Nunez’s striking capacity to describe the world and its inhabitants, both human and animal. Nunez is a keen observer of behavior, and throughout the text she plants wonderful nuggets that immediately ring true yet still manage to be surprising.” —Michigan Daily

The Broad St. Readers is a club for adults age 55 and up. New members
are always encouraged! Join fellow readers for an engaging and
thoughtful discussion on March 26th at 11:00am or 5:30pm at the Salem Community Life Center at 401 Bridge St.
Please call and check in with Rosanna at (978) 744-0924.
Books are available at the Main Desk in the Salem Public Library. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call the library at (978)744-0860.

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