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3.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 53.43 out of 5 3.43 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Caldwell Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margery | 5/15/2011

    " Touching memoir - excellent writing - loved the relationships with their dogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/12/2011

    " Listened to this on cd - quite enjoyable "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tonya | 5/10/2011

    " Yuck. This book was about dogs. I didn't realize that or I wouldn't have bought it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrill | 5/4/2011

    " An interesting, and tragic, portrait of a friendship. The lives of the two principals are so different than mine--solitary, writerly, strong attachment to large dogs--that it was sometimes a bit hard for me to empathize with and understand them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 5/2/2011

    " A good book that highlights the complex friendship between two women. Really sad as one deals with the very early death of the other (a heavy smoker) from lung cancer. Deals with many issues in lots of diverse relationships, a good , but very sad, heavy story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 4/25/2011

    " Beautiful memoir about friendship and grief and love. Highly recommended.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 4/25/2011

    " This book was one of the most beautiful and sad books that I have ever read (plus there are dogs in the book, too!).

    Can you imagine finding the best friend of your life and after being friends for years losing her in seven weeks to a sudden illness?


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 4/18/2011

    " I listened to this book and liked it. It was a memoir of a Friendship between two women. Much of the story is how the author Gail Caldwell dealt with the death of her friend, Caroline. This book would be especially meaningful to someone who was grieving such a loss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angeline | 4/17/2011

    " I cried on my lunch break. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 4/15/2011

    " What a beautiful memoir, but so, so sad on so many levels. Those of us who are dog lovers will relate to the intimate connection she has with Clementine. "

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About the Author
Author Gail CaldwellGail Caldwell, the former chief book critic of The Boston Globe, received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in 2001. She is the author of two previous books: A Strong West Wind and Let’s Take the Long Way Home. A New York Times bestseller, Let’s Take the Long Way Home was the winner of the New England Independent Booksellers Association award for nonfiction. Caldwell lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.