Best Friends (Paperback)
|Author: Thomas Berger|
|How do we choose our best friends? It is because we share a history with them, or an interest, or both? In his novel "Best Friends, Thomas Berger explores our motivations in choosing our companions--and the consequences of keeping or quitting them.|
From the Publisher:
Roy Courtright is good-looking, healthy, independent, well liked, and the owner of a successful classic car dealership. His best friend, Sam Grandy, is the near inverse: married, a spendthrift, overweight, needy, and near bankruptcy. Yet they've been inseparable best friends since childhood. As best friends, they share a close and loving bond, often stronger than the relationships other men share with their girlfriends, siblings, even wives.
But in the twenty years since their friendship began, those fundamental
differences have become more apparent and their relationship has grown strained. When the two friends encounter serious problems, they're forced to reckon with each other. Do these differences threaten their friendship -- or are the dissimilarities what make it possible? Can they escape the ties of their past, or are they intrinsically bound until death?
When Sam's health begins to falter, he draws Roy into his life again -- and into a chain of deceit, sex, delusion, death, and love such as only a best friend could. With exquisite wit and insidious wisdom, Best Friends weaves a powerful tale about friendship -- and the complex loyalties involved.
Sam and Roy have been friends since they were children, and their lives have overlapped in many ways. But as middle age approaches, they realize that they are moving in different directions--with Sam's wife Kristin in the middle--and they are forced to question whether their old friendship will survive. A New York Times Notable Book for 2003.
"Berger is 79, and it has been an unusual four or five years since his last book. Now comes one that ranks near the best: a tautly drawn tragicomedy taking one more mythical swipe at contemporary life....Berger has written a double fugue whose glittering major is supplied by the Roy-Kristin motif, and its descending minor by what develops between Roy and Sam. Gradually the two resolve in a cadence that is more pitiless than truly tragic." - Richard Eder 06/01/2003