All Book Marks reviews for The Friend by Sigrid NunezEmail address:. The Friend. What The Reviewers Say. The writing profession, in The Friend , is viewed as a series of little murders of the soul. Writers are weird, jealous, greedy, backbiting, warped from the undersea compression of competition in Manhattan Nunez deals these out deftly; they do not jam her flow. The snap of her sentences sometimes put me in mind of Rachel Cusk.
Sigrid Nunez on Grief and Friendship
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Sigrid Nunez reads from “The Friend” at the 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Reading
Most have come not to grieve or pay their respects, but to network and gossip about literary prizes and money and to dissect the latest review of a certain widely detested author. The rapturous reception has stunned Nunez, 67, who has been quietly writing and publishing books for the past 23 years. So Nunez was a bit surprised to be cast into the spotlight, embraced as a breakout literary star and titanic talent, more than two decades after she published her debut novel. Growing up in the housing projects of Staten Island in the s, the daughter of a German mother and a Panamanian-Chinese father, Nunez was an imaginative child who turned to books for solace and escape. Her father worked seven days a week, as a kitchen worker in a hospital and weekends as a waiter in various Chinese restaurants, and her mother took care of the household. Through her work at the Review, she got to know Susan Sontag, and became close to her later when she began dating her son. In an era when publishers expect writers to constantly market themselves and court fans on Twitter or Instagram, she maintains a sort of stoic silence online, and has no social media accounts.
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