Friendship, especially when young, is a volatile thing. Best Friends Forever can turn into Best Friends Never at the drop of a hat, or lose its magic more slowly, over time. Catastrophic drama or just fade away, and all things between.
In Yiyun Li’s wonderful novel, the birth and death of friendship gains new life through the telling, through the writing of books within books, tales within tales, memories revived. With The Book of Goose, Li has written a kind of post-postmodern story, where the meta-aspects appear naturally, folded in with the narrative itself, instead of jumping up and down, asking for (theoretical) recognition.