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In Let's Take the Long Way Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gail Caldwell offers a powerful and moving memoir about her coming-of-age in mid-life and her extraordinary friendship with Caroline Knapp, the author of Drinking: A Love Story.

In her younger years, Caldwell defined herself by rebellion and independence, a passion for books, and an aversion to intimacy and a distrust of others. Then, while living in Cambridge in her early 40s, Caldwell adopted a rambunctious puppy named Clementine. On one of their bucolic walks, she met Caroline and her dog, Lucille, and both women's lives changed forever.

Though they are more different than alike, these two fiercely private, independent women quickly relax into a friendship more profound than either of them expected, a friendship that will thrive on their shared secrets, including parallel struggles with alcoholism and loneliness. They grow increasingly inseparable until, in 2003, Caroline is diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

In her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and grief in this wise and affecting account about losing her best friend. Let's Take the Long Way Home is also a celebration of life and all the little moments worth cherishing - and affirms why Gail Caldwell is rightly praised as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 5/21/2011

    " A sentimental, self-indulgent look at a friendship between two women that ended too soon. Nothing terribly profound, just sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Darcie | 5/20/2011

    " I am not a memoir genre reader, so I am not sure if this is a fair review, but I thought this book was ok. I would have like to see more development around the friendship and characters. I though it explained very well grief and how it stays with you for the rest of your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rebecca | 5/20/2011

    " A very poignant memoir of the friendship of two women as one of them is dying of cancer. Darn that cancer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara | 5/15/2011

    " Picked this one up at work as a promo from last summer. Very sweet, great metaphors for life in rowing, and swimming and developing long-term friendships. You know from the first paragraph that it will be emotional, but very triumphant, too. "

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