In this book about a land surveyor and his adoring colleague, the author demonstrates how being friends with a star may have its thrills--but it also has its chills. 

Published: December 19, 2008
By Forrest Gander
106 pp. New Directions. Paper, $13.95
“As soon as we make contact with the sacred,” a character says toward the end of “As a Friend,” Forrest Gander’s first novel, “we’re face to face with death.”
In this strange and beautiful novel as in life, love is part of what is sacred. Through love we get a chance to see past our own boundaries - not only into the life of another, but to the edge of life too: the last step off the seeming-solid into the weightlessness of death, its free form. ...