Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
50 Reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

They met over their dogs. Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (author of Drinking: A Love Story) became best friends, talking about everything from their love of books and their shared history of a struggle with alcohol to their relationships with men. Walking the woods of New England and rowing on the Charles River, these two private, self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with cancer. With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion, and courage in this gorgeous memoir about treasuring a best friend, and coming of age in midlife. Let’s Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of the profound transformations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

Look for special features inside.
Join the Circle for author chats and more.
RandomHouseReadersCircle.com

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Gail Caldwell's New Life, No Instructions.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
14
4 stars
22
3 stars
11
2 stars
2
1 star
1

I enjoyed this book - the prose is wonderful. - Goodreads
I loved the writing. - Goodreads
Beautiful writing, gently paced, interesting story. - Goodreads

Review: Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

User Review  - Laura Robb - Goodreads

A beautiful story about a special, loving friendship, their dogs, the experience of losing a loved one... Extremely well written and touching. Read full review

Review: Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

User Review  - Corinne - Goodreads

I was given this book for my 37th birthday and didn't read the back cover. I dove right in and was immersed in the emotions of the author. When Gail told her dying dog, Clementine, to go find Caroline, I was heartbroken. Read full review

All 7 reviews »

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
29
Section 5
34
Section 6
45
Section 7
46
Section 8
71
Section 14
113
Section 15
125
Section 16
133
Section 17
143
Section 18
156
Section 19
159
Section 20
161
Section 21
164

Section 9
73
Section 10
90
Section 11
98
Section 12
104
Section 13
106
Section 22
171
Section 23
176
Section 24
187
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Gail Caldwell is the former chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she was a staff writer and critic for more than twenty years. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She is also the author of A Strong West Wind, a memoir of her native Texas. Caldwell lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


From the Hardcover edition.

Bibliographic information