As a Friend (New Directions Books) (Paperback)

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Hauntingly beautiful, pristine language. Lyrical, heartbreaking – a visual experience. This bright, shining gem of a novel will astound you. A lyrical treasure. Wonderful words from a brilliant author. One of my all-time favorites.

— Kim


"Heroism is a secondary virtue," Albert Camus noted, "but friendship is primary." In his gem-like first novel, Forrest Gander writes of friendship, envy, and eros as a harmonic of charged overtones. Set in a rural southern landscape as vivid as its indelible characters, As a Friend tells the story of Les, a gifted man and land surveyor, whose impact on those around him (his friend Clay, his girlfriend Sarah) provokes intense self-examination and an atmosphere of dangerous eroticism. With poetic insight, Gander explores the nature of attraction, betrayal, and loyalty. What he achieves is brilliant in style and powerfully unsettling.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811217453
ISBN-10: 0811217450
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: September 2008
Pages: 106
Language: English
Series: New Directions Books