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

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Random House, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 198 pages

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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.

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OMG, I liked this much better than I thought that I would. This is the story of 2 women who found each other because of their dogs. They had a wonderful and fulfilling friendship. This is a true story ... Read full review

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A story about death, dogs, and female friendship in New England. It's good to be reminded about the inevitability of death and the chance that it can come earlier and faster than we're ready for. I'm ... Read full review

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
73
Section 6
90
Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 9
125
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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About the author (2011)

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.

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