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As a Friend: A Novel

As a Friend: A Novel

Forrest Gander

ISBN: 978-0-811-21745-3

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320 pages

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'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.