Forrest Gander

2019 Pulitzer Prize

As a Friend, Reviewed at Corridor Buzz

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In a book that is as striking as it is slight, Gander delivers a powerful story, built more from emotion than incident. Author of seven collections of poetry, Gander employs the poet’s economy and precision of language to delve into the relationships between the charismatic, talented Les and his friend Clay and girlfriend Sarah. Gander moves steadily from traditional narration to his more abstracted language, and in doing so eases the reader’s passage into the book’s emotional heart.