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

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 10, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 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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BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Gail Caldwell's New Life, No Instructions.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

"It's an old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too." These opening lines from Gail Caldwell's memoir LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME for some reason ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElizabethAndrew - LibraryThing

A gorgeous memoir. Rarely do you see friendship taken seriously as a subject worthy of literary exploration. This book is also a great example of how you don't need a dramatic experience to make a ... Read full review

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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.


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