« - Je vais te dire pourquoi j'ai tenu à te parler.
À ces mots, pour une raison mystérieuse, mon coeur se met à battre dans ma poitrine.
- C'est au sujet du chien.
- Du chien ?
- Oui, je voulais savoir si tu serais d'accord pour le prendre. »
Quand l'Épouse Numéro Trois de son meilleur ami récemment décédé lui fait cette demande, la narratrice a toutes les raisons de refuser. Elle préfère les chats, son appartement new-yorkais est minuscule et surtout, son bail le lui interdit. Pourtant, elle accepte. La cohabitation avec Apollon, grand danois vieillissant de la taille d'un poney, et cette écrivaine, professeure à l'université, s'annonce riche en surprises.
Magnifique exploration de l'amitié, du deuil, de la littérature et du lien qui nous unit aux animaux, L'Ami est un texte unique en son genre.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Mathilde Bach
“Nunez’s prose itself comforts us. Her confident and direct style uplifts--the music in her sentences, her deep and varied intelligence.” –The New York Times Book Review
"A penetrating, moving meditation on loss, comfort, memory...Nunez has a wry, withering wit." --NPR
"[A] sneaky gut punch of a novel...a consummate example of the human-animal tale." --Harper's Magazine
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. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building.
While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them.
Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion.
From an award-winning author comes a "wise and richly humane coming-of-age novel" (O: The Oprah Magazine).
In an American landscape devastated by a flu pandemic, orphaned thirteen-year-old Cole is rescued by an evangelical couple. Adjusting to a new life, he struggles with memories of the past. As other survivors become dedicated to their own vision of utopia, Cole imagines a wholly different future for himself.
Written in Sigrid Nunez's deceptively simple style, Salvation City is a story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness, blending the deeply affecting story of a young boy's transformation with a profound meditation on belief, heroism, and the true meaning of salvation.
A poignant, intimate memoir of one of America's most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute.
Sigrid Nunez was an aspiring writer when she first met Susan Sontag, already a legendary figure known for her polemical essays, blinding intelligence, and edgy personal style. Sontag introduced Nunez to her son, the writer David Rieff, and the two began dating. Soon Nunez moved into the apartment that Rieff and Sontag shared. As Sontag told Nunez, 'Who says we have to live like everyone else?' Sontag's influence on Nunez, who went on to become a successful novelist, would be profound. Described by Nunez as 'a natural mentor' who saw educating others as both a moral obligation and a source of endless pleasure, Sontag inevitably infected those around her with her many cultural and intellectual passions. In this poignant, intimate memoir, Nunez speaks of her gratitude for having had, as an early model, 'someone who held such an exalted, unironic view of the writer's vocation.' Published more than six years after Sontag's death, Sempre Susan is a startlingly truthful portrait of this outsized personality, who made being an intellectual a glamorous occupation.
A young woman looks back to the world of her immigrant parents: a Chinese-Panamanian father and a German mother. Growing up in a housing project in the 1950s and 1960s, she escapes into dreams inspired both by her parents' stories and by her own reading and, for a time, into the otherworldly life of ballet. A yearning, homesick mother, a silent and withdrawn father, the ballet--these are the elements that shape the young woman's imagination and her sexuality. It is a story about displacement and loss, and about the tangled nature of relationships between parents and children, between language and love.