‘The Book of Goose’ Redefines Female Friendship

Yiyun Li’s strange and vibrant novel explores the opposing sides of strength, loyalty and storytelling in the context of friendship

Eliza Lita
Coffee Time Reviews

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We know a memorable book when we read it. Sometimes, we know it from the first page. The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li is sure to stay with you from the first line.

I love a punchy first line. It sets the tone for the whole reading experience. Of course, with The Book of Goose, the title is in itself a whole thing to decipher. Going in, you have no idea what to expect. But a book that starts with such a first line can do one of two things: intrigue you or confuse you even further. This is how it starts:

You cannot cut an apple with an apple. You cannot cut an orange with an orange.

As you read on, you find out what this line means. It’s about contrast in human connection. The Book of Goose, as per its blurb, follows two best friends, Agnès and Fabienne, through their childhood and teens in the French countryside post-World War II.

The chapters are short, so it feels like popcorn-reading. But it is so profound, strange and moving, that it feels almost wrong to turn the…

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Eliza Lita
Coffee Time Reviews

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