Let's Take the Long Way Home - Gail Caldwell

Let's Take the Long Way Home

By Gail Caldwell

  • Release Date: 2010-08-10
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 66 Ratings



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


  • Not so interesting

    By Leslieleo
    I read about half and quit. Sorry I could not get into it. I was expecting characters with whom I could empathize or at least like. The author's narrative was like more like a news story than a serious bio.
  • Let's Take the Long Way Home

    By A fan of the Bastianich
    Well written! Caldwell's style is clear, very descriptive with provocative observations. While reading it I felt like I wanted to be among their friends, able to speak with Gail and Caroline. I wanted to sit on the floor and hug their dogs. I laughed with them then cried - sobbing - felt real pain. It was a peaceful ending - a hope for the future. Now I plan to read every one of their books. I highly recommend this book!
  • Yes

    By LitaEstrellita
    Reading this book was really like reading about me. Her words about the grief of love in someone who has died, about the connection to our furry mates of dogs, was just like me. I could pick up a cup do tea, cuddle with the dogs, and cry together over the depth of love that endures through death. I realize that her book was healing to write...but guess what? It's healing to read. There is nothing deeper than death, and life, and Gail takes you straight to the heart of it all in a personal way that wanders right into your heart. Thank you for writing this book.
  • Let's Take the Long Way Home

    By Beckstuck
    Having just lost my best friend to cancer, I found this book to mirror many of my own feelings and experiences. Reading this book validated what I was going through and brought me a sense of comfort.