As a Friend, Reviewed at The Best of Ralph

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A BAKER'S DOZEN: HITS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF 2009

Forrest Gander? Who he? Did he make up that name? But by page seven you can’t tear me away from
As a Friend. By page twenty I am thinking he must have come from Mars, or Venus. And by page fifty I am thinking there are writers and there are writers and this guy takes the cake. How do they do it? Dylan Thomas said it was all a matter of their ‘craft and sullen art.’ It sure as hell is not something they teach you in school. Don’t ask me: I tried.”