Sigrid Nunez, a Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program, won the National Book Award for best fiction for her work The Friend. She was one of 25 finalists selected from 1,637 books submitted for consideration (368 of them were works of fiction). The book explores grief, writing, suicide, and the complexity of relationships—particularly between a human and her dog.
“I see it as a book about different kinds of loss,” Nunez told Bostonia. “There’s the loss a person suffers when someone they love dies, the losses that we all have to face as we grow older and the lost illusions that most people encounter as they go through life. But the book is also about healing from loss.”
You can read more about this remarkable honor here.