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The Friend
The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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kbuggle
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Grief and the power of having a pup by your side. I‘d avoided reading this for a while because of all the buzz and awards, but it I should have read it sooner. Not as much about the plot, but the conversation.

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KarenUK
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#Movember #rescueme
Had to go with the best kind of rescue today!
Tagged book is from my #TBR -I think it fits perfectly.

“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. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.”

Cinfhen That T-shirt is fabulous 🐾 (edited) 1mo
TheSpineView Rescues are the best! 1mo
Stacypatrice Rescue Glitter 💖💖 1mo
britt_brooke 💚🐾 1mo
DGRachel Rescue Glitter! I love that and am totally stealing that. 💖😍 1mo
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MsLeah8417
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Panpan

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Tough book to read. Lots of trigger warnings for many reasons. Whoa, just, whoa!

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shaynarae
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I put off this book because everyone was like 🤔 when it won the National Book Award, and I don‘t like books about dogs because that often means they‘re sad or boring. But, you guys, this book is BEAUTIFUL!! It‘s an exploration of heartache and pain, primarily through the experience of a close friend‘s suicide. Trigger warnings, for sure, but it‘s so wonderfully done. For those who need to know about the dog, check the spoiler comment.

shaynarae Spoiler for those who need to know: the dog does not die. 2mo
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juliegumdrop
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Just started this today. It‘s written in 2nd person and the narrator is talking to her deceased friend. I like it. #currentlyreading

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LWagoner
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Very interesting listen. This story has some twists I wasn‘t expecting. It has themes of friendship, loss, human & pet relationships and writing. Trigger warning for theme of suicide. 3.5⭐️

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Tiltedwhirled
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This felt like a series of diary entries almost. Notes taken in real time. Compelling.

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Runner5ive
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I felt this book told two stories: one about how grief affects the writing process (for better, for worse). The other is about whether animals mourn their dead humans the way humans mourn their dead pets. I love being taught things when I'm reading a story, and Nunez teaches so much about writing, and famous authors, and their mental health issues. The dog story gave me all sorts of feelings. This is a book I'll never forget.

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perfectlywinged
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Not the best poolside reading (it‘s about a dog that helps a woman grieve and also a lot about being a writer) but still an interesting literary fiction.

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sherri
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At a friend's house in the most perfect reading chair.

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sherri
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Bedtime reading.

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Sapphire
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Mehso-so

I found at the end, it was just an unsatisfying read, despite the promise of the premise.

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Sapphire
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But when is so at odds with the culture and themes of the moment, what's the point.

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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

This had potential to be such a nice story.. if the author had just focused on the grief and healing and relationships.. but there was sooo much writing about writing and writers and i got pretty bored of it.

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Abailliekaras
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I really enjoyed this story of a woman looking after her (late) friend ‘s dog. It‘s writery - many references to authors, books & films throughout history - normally this puts me off as it‘s insular, but here the tone is warm & the narrator grounded by her solitariness & grief. Apollo the dog is a comfort to her (like in H is for Hawke). I loved the dry humour (‘maybe Apollo is a canine genus‘); & thoughtfulness re art, suicide, dogs & Me Too.

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sisilia
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Woohooo weekend starts now! 🤪

Bookboss I loved this book! 6mo
Lindy @Bookboss Me too! 6mo
keithmalek I bailed on this. Like a lot of writers it was self-congratulatory on being a writer, and she was more interested in writing about writing than actually telling a story. 6mo
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ilyssa.g
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Just finished this last night! It's probably the last of my #mayreads. It was so eloquently written. I enjoyed reading the perspective of a narrator whose best friend died from suicide. The book featured a wonderful range of emotions, such as anger and sadness. It felt as if I was reading a true story and not fiction. It has so many great lines in it. It will stay with me for a while. I look forward to reading more books by Sigrid Nunez.

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Schlinkles
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Oh my heart! I loved this book, read it essentially in one sitting.

collegecatlady I‘ve wanted to read this one for so long! I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed it! 7mo
Suet624 I loved this book too. 7mo
irre I loved it too! 7mo
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Schlinkles
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Another book club read for this month, hoping I‘ll like this more than the one I just finished.

irre I loved this one. 7mo
Suet624 Loved it. 7mo
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AntoinetteBuchanan
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Bailedbailed

I got 30 or so pages in and bailed. So many literary names dropped, so many quotations. Also when I encounter the word “flaneur” I translate it as “pretentious wanker”. Despite being ostensibly about literature and dogs (two passions of mine), this was not for me.

readingjedi 🤣 Love that translation 🤣 7mo
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Naj
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1. Literary fiction, magical realism, gothic/horror.
2. Science fiction and fantasy. Both genres that I used to read a lot of when I was a teenager.
3. Romance.
4. Historical fiction or *good* horror movies.
5. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (YA fantasy)
6. Tagged. This book was insufferable.
7. Some new followers 😘 @NeamhainHughes @looking_for_mikaela @CaliforniaCay

#bookishquestions. @Clwojick
Thanks for the tag @gradcat 💕

gradcat @Naj 👋 7mo
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BkClubCare
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Enjoying this and yet, dismayed that it is much more than a book about loving a Great Dane.

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TheBookstorePodcast
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Starting The Friend this weekend for our upcoming episode to be released April 23rd!

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Birdsong28
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JennyM ♥️ 8mo
BkClubCare Yes! Just heard that quote on today‘s ride home! I applauded. 8mo
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Readerann
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Good morning (or afternoon/evening, depending on your location) fellow Readathonners! I am starting off my Dewey‘s RAT with this book in honor of my best friend, who read with me for so many years. I miss her terribly. Wishing you all many happy reading hours! #readathon #nationalbookaward
ETA: I finished this and liked it a lot!

LauraBrook Good morning, RAT buddy! I‘m glad you‘re here - and I‘m sorry I‘ve missed so much in your world while I was gone from the interwebs. She was such a beautiful, sweet girl. 😢💔 8mo
Readerann @LauraBrook Thanks. It‘s tough to say goodbye to our furry kids, isn‘t it? And I totally get the social media break - I think it‘s healthy! ❤️ 8mo
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Decalino
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How do you cope with the sudden loss of a dear friend? The narrator of this brief book speaks directly to the departed, a writer, never named, who has taken his own life. The result is an impressionistic and wide-ranging exploration of grief and loss, the impact of suicide, the life of a writer, the line between fiction and memoir, and the abiding love between humans and their dogs. This one will stay with me for a long time.

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plemmdog
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What do dogs think when they see someone cry? Bred to be comforters, they comfort us. But how puzzling human unhappiness must be to them. We who can fill our dishes anytime and with as much food as we like, who can go outside whenever we wish, and run free—we who have no master constantly needing to be pleased, or obeyed—WTF?

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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My local indie store, Quail Ridge Books did their bookclub bash tonight. I picked up this book, new pins, a NC Independent Bookstore Calendar and the tote for Independent Bookstore Day.

BookNAround Love that tote! 8mo
MallenNC Those events are so fun. I was sad not to make it to last night's. 8mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @BookNAround 👍🏻😉 @MallenNC Last night wasn‘t crowded because of the weather. I love them too! 8mo
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MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess I thought the weather may affect turnout. I missed the fall event too, but I hope to get to the next one. 8mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC I hope that you can attend the Fall one too! 🤗 8mo
tpixie @BookNAround yes I agree ! What a great tote! 8mo
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Lea
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion This is one of those books that makes me feel like I‘m not smart enough to “get it”. It won a National Book Award. It has to be amazing. It was just lost of me I guess.
It‘s about grief and dogs and writing/writers and suicide. A lot of author name dropping and some minor philosophizing. #readwomen #diversereads #librarybook #readharderchallenge - 2018 AOC award winner

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BookishTrish
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I love a well done second person narrative #audiowalk

irre I really loved The Friend on audio. 9mo
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Erynecki
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A novel, musings about the writing life, friendship, suicide, and a dog. Observational writing. Sparse at times. Dark and lonely, but with love and affection. A twist, sort of, at the end. Kirkus reviews said, “It is a lonely novel: rigorous and stark, so elegant—so dismissive of conventional notions of plot—it hardly feels like fiction.
Breathtaking both in pain and in beauty; a singular book”

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Erinreadsthebooks
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1. Here's an old picture, but the yard is the same 😁
2. I LOVE it--no neighborhood, no neighbors, dirt road, lots of green pastures.
3. The Friend is the February read that will stay with me the longest. Interesting little book.
4. Night--the bathtub and in bed.
5. Whatever the husband cooks. Last night was grouper with white beans and kale.

#friyayintro. @howjessreads

Redwritinghood That‘s a really lovely photo! 💕💕 9mo
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JulietteGF
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Mehso-so

This book is about friendship, loss, suicide, love, and a dog. While I enjoyed the first half of the book, and also all the trivia about writers, suicide, dogs... I didn't much care for the second part, which I found too long (or perhaps I actually didn't care much about the actual story). Another thing that annoyed me was the narrator's criticism of writers, younger writers... However, it's still an interesting, and well-written book.

Reviewsbylola This definitely sounds different and I like the cover! 9mo
JulietteGF @Reviewsbylola It is definitely different. I read it for a book club: some people liked it, some people didn't. I would recommend you to try it, it's quite a short read ;) 9mo
MrBook Great review! 9mo
JulietteGF @MrBook Thanks 9mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Mehso-so

The novella won the National Book Award and am not sure about it, midway between a pick and a so-so. Apollo, a Harlequin Great Dane is left to the author who has never had a dog. He was left after his owner committed suicide. The themes include owning and having a relationship with a dog and cats, suicide, the literary and academic worlds, friendship, and womanizing, among many literary quotes. Not everyone‘s cup of tea, loved the 🐶 sections.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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It's a pick, but not an 'everyone needs to read this book' pick. I enjoyed the writing and thought provoking nature of the book. I did not enjoy her devotion and utter infatuation with the writer who was a womanizing jackleg. Then, the weird one chapter twist at the end threw me. Anywho...Despite my focus on the negatives, I liked it enough, I think. For now anyway...eh, that could change. 🤔Stay tuned 🤷‍♀️

TheLibrarian Great review! 10mo
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Linds
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LauraBeth 😂👏👏 10mo
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Tonton
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I was highlighting almost every page; so much about the writing life, friendship, the impact of suicide, of love, friendship, creativity, dogness, our relationship with animals in a short but deep novel. Elegant, spare, style that omits nothing, says everything. A huge Harlequin Great Dane, Apollo, is left to the care of a friend of a writer who has killed himself. She never had a dog before. Apollo gradually helps her through trauma; hope

Tonton Emerges and blooms; the ending is doubly devastating because it is described almost in haiku style. I‘m buying this in hardback, to keep to read again and again. 10mo
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

This struck me as not all that different from Feel Free — a series of literary musings, only this time woven loosely together with a plot line. The only reason I finished this one was because it was over at about the same duration that I bailed on the first one. What is it about writers not knowing how to write about anything other than writing and writers? And dogs. Bleh. Moving on.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 10mo
mdhughes72 Thanks @TrishB! I just try to give my honest feelings. 10mo
8little_paws Totally agree with the hyperfocus on writers. It bores me. 10mo
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SamTwedt
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#20k1kgiveaway congratulations on the milestones @Nessavamusic !

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Stephkesey
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Bailedbailed

The themes here (suicide, writing, dogs, ex-lovers, academic power dynamics, walking, small apartments) suggest a novel I would devour, as they all influence my life as well. But in the #metoo era, I couldn‘t stomach a relationship between male professor and younger female student that seems sort of uninvestigated in terms of real power, left me exhausted and frustrated. I may pick back up to see if it does catch up with our political climate.

Naj Frustrated is how I'd describe my experience reading this as well. The critical acclaim this book got baffles me. Like what did I miss? 10mo
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Suet624
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This book had a lot to it, more than I was expecting actually. It‘s not just about a love for a dog or grief. It‘s about the loss of a friend, a very complicated friend. It‘s about jealousy and suicide and fear of aging. It‘s about writing and authors. On another note, I will never understand how books are chosen to receive awards. While I certainly appreciated the book, I‘m not sure why it won the NBA.

saresmoore Great review, Sue! 10mo
britt_brooke Nice review! 10mo
Lindy This was one of my top books of 2018. Out of the 2 novels from the US on my list, I would have picked this as the better of the 2, so I happen to agree with the NBA judges. It‘s always subjective, isn‘t it? https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2019/01/top-18-books-of-2018.html?m=1 10mo
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Suet624 @Lindy I just looked at your post and am now excited to read all of the books you‘ve mentioned! After I posted this morning I thought about this book more. Considering its length, this one covers a lot of territory and I was often struck by the fluid way she spoke of a topic. Thank you for your perspective. I think I may dip into this book again in the future. 10mo
8little_paws I read all 10 of the longlist and don't get why it won either. Honestly, there's so much writerly navel gazing that I think it spoke to the judges. 10mo
Lindy @Suet624 Thanks for taking the time to read my best-of list! In my way of thinking, the best books leave me changed and feeling enlarged internally. They are books that yield new insights on each rereading. 10mo
Suet624 @8little_paws I‘m curious if you had a favorite from the longlist. 10mo
8little_paws @Suet624 heads of the colored people, an american marriage, florida, the great believers and where the dead sit talking were probably my top 5. 10mo
Suet624 @8little_paws thanks! I‘ve only read 2 of those. I‘ll have to check the others out. 10mo
Suet624 @saresmoore @britt_brooke Thank you! 💕 10mo
LauraBeth This is a really great review for this book! 10mo
kspenmoll Nice review! Read this when it came out & at first I wasn‘t sure about it but by the end I was really taken by it. 10mo
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Worldforreading
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First read of 2019!😄

irre A great one!! 11mo
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thebluestocking
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I finished up the year‘s reading with some strong reads. My favorites were The Fact of a Body, The Great Believers, and The Friend.

#decemberwrapup #monthlywrapup #decemberreads

Carolyn11215 What do you all use to get these great thumbnail collages? 11mo
thebluestocking @Carolyn11215 I used Photoshop for this. But I also use PicsArt and PicCollage on my phone. 11mo
AceOnRoam Great reading for December. Happy New Year! 11mo
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thebluestocking @AceOnRoam Thank you! Happy New Year to you. 11mo
RidgewayGirl The Great Believers is just such a fantastic book? 11mo
thebluestocking @RidgewayGirl Yes, it is! I‘m bummed it didn‘t make the ToB shortlist. 11mo
RidgewayGirl At least we won‘t see it ripped apart? 11mo
thebluestocking @RidgewayGirl That‘s true. 😀 11mo
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Lola
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I think this will be my last completed book of 2018, bringing the year‘s total to 65.-15 more than the arbitrarily chosen 50 that was my GR challenge for the year (easy to achieve and not a number that would discourage me from choosing chunksters) but the least number of books read since ‘14, when I read 61 books (and 1320 fewer pages) than ‘18. Not sure why the decline (Bookstagram? 🙄🤷🏻‍♀️🙃) but it was still an excellent year of reading.

JennyM 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🥳 11mo
AceOnRoam Well done and Happy New Year 🍾🍾🍾 11mo
Lola @JennyM @AceOnRoam Thanks :) Not as high as many here but it I really enjoyed almost every book I read this year. 48/65 rated 4 or 5 stars 🌟 11mo
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LittleWonder
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Haven‘t been reading or on Litsy much since we were blessed with a 2 month old pup on December 15th. ☺️🐾 Hopefully finishing up The Friend tonight or tomorrow.

mrsmarch Ooo, a Blurry Couch Stealer. My favorite breed. ❤️ 11mo
LittleWonder @mrsmarch 😂🤣 11mo
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MeganLindell
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Three seemingly unrelated topics weave together surprisingly nicely in this short book: suicide, a dog, and literature. The writing is lovely and I cried like a baby (while holding my kitty tight) at one particular part.