Let's Take the Long Way Home

A Memoir of Friendship

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Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
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  • 1588369897
  • 9780812979114
  • 9781588369895
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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.

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

Praise for Let's Take the Long Way Home

“A near-perfect memoir: beautiful, humble, intimate and filled with piercing insights.  Meant to be savored and shared.”Time

“Stunning . . . gorgeous . . . intense and moving . . . A book of such crystalline truth that it makes the heart ache.”The Boston Globe
 
“[Let’s Take the Long Way Home] left me intensely moved. . . . Caldwell’s greatest achievement is to rise above [death and loss] to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect.”—Julie Myerson, The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
 
“[A] beautiful book . . . The losing isn’t the exceptional part of this story; everyone loses something, sooner or later.  The wonder lies in finding it in the first place.”Salon
 
“A tribute to the enduring power of friendship . . . You can shelve Let’s Take the Long Way Home . . . next to The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion’s searing memoir about losing her husband to heart failure.  But that’s assuming it makes it to your shelf: This is a book you’ll want to share with your own ‘necessary pillars of life,’ as Caldwell refers to her nearest and dearest. . . . A lovely gift to readers.”Washington Post
  • Random House Publishing Group; August 2010
  • ISBN 9781588369895
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  • Title: Let's Take the Long Way Home
  • Author: Gail Caldwell
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Subject categories
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  • 1588369897
  • 9780812979114
  • 9781588369895

In The Press

“A near-perfect memoir: beautiful, humble, intimate and filled with piercing insights.  Meant to be savored and shared.”Time

“Stunning . . . gorgeous . . . intense and moving . . . A book of such crystalline truth that it makes the heart ache.”The Boston Globe
 
“[Let’s Take the Long Way Home] left me intensely moved. . . . Caldwell’s greatest achievement is to rise above [death and loss] to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect.”—Julie Myerson, The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice
 
“[A] beautiful book . . . The losing isn’t the exceptional part of this story; everyone loses something, sooner or later.  The wonder lies in finding it in the first place.”Salon
 
“A tribute to the enduring power of friendship . . . You can shelve Let’s Take the Long Way Home . . . next to The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion’s searing memoir about losing her husband to heart failure.  But that’s assuming it makes it to your shelf: This is a book you’ll want to share with your own ‘necessary pillars of life,’ as Caldwell refers to her nearest and dearest. . . . A lovely gift to readers.”Washington Post
 
“[Their] relationship nurtured and inspired Caldwell and Knapp, and in reading about it, we feel enriched as well.”Chicago Tribune, Editor’s Choice

“A heartbreaker of a memoir . . . With humor and sadness . . . Caldwell gracefully weaves a thread of stories that describe and ponder friendship and loss.”USA Today

“Acutely observed and beautifully written . . . If you have tears, prepare to shed them. . . . What an astonishing friendship.  What great women.  What a stellar, unforgettable book.”The Huffington Post

“A testament to the art of female friendship—and its necessity.”More

“Revelatory, joyous and inspiring . . . Intensely moving, without a hint of sentimentality, Let’s Take the Long Way Home . . . should be read and cherished.”The Bark magazine

“High-spirited and heartrending.”People

“Moving . . . As much an elegy as a remembrance of shared joys.”Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Eloquent . . . A moving account of Caldwell’s grief for her friend.”Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Caldwell’s graceful account ensures that Knapp will be remembered not just for her tragic death but for her vigorous, rich life.”Parade

“Gail Caldwell knows a thing or two about good writing. . . . Sure to appeal to anyone who has ever experienced true friendship.”The Daily Beast

“Savor the this hard-hitting portrait of a friendship.”AARP 

About The Author

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.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 1588369897
  • 9780812979114
  • 9781588369895