Let's Take the Long Way Home by Gail Caldwell
A Memoir of Friendship

86%

18 Critic Reviews

What holds the reader in the end is the elegance and precision of Caldwell's prose, her stiletto-like way with words.
-LA Times

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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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About Gail Caldwell

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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.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Random House. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Let's Take the Long Way Home
All: 18 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Excellent

Will resonate with women readers of all ages, who, if they are dog lovers, will be doubly moved.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Julie Myerson on Aug 20 2010

This may be a book about death and loss, but Caldwell’s greatest achievement is to rise above all that 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.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 24 2010

Caldwell is unflinching in depicting her friend's last days, although her own grief nearly undid her; she writes of this desolating time with tremendously moving grace.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Dec 30 2010

LET'S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME is a lyrical homage to a true love connection.

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Globe and Mail

Good
on Aug 27 2010

Part of the appeal of Caldwell's graceful, eloquent book is what it says about the creative process and grief; writing is how writers grieve.

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LA Times

Excellent
on Sep 01 2010

What holds the reader in the end is the elegance and precision of Caldwell's prose, her stiletto-like way with words.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Aug 11 2010

Once she reaches the pages about Knapp’s death, Caldwell summons up an incisive emotional clarity about a subject from which many Americans instinctively shy away.

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USA Today

Good
on Sep 02 2010

With humor and sadness, the memoir celebrates an intimacy between two strong-minded, single women...

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Huffington Post

Excellent
on Aug 16 2010

As sleepy as I was reading the last pages in bed, I didn't want the book to end and it's one of those books I'll read over and over again.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Good
on Nov 06 2011

...while sad, it is also joyous, informative, introspective, guilt-ridden and very, very well-written.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

Excellent
on Aug 24 2011

This eloquent book ends up being a celebration of life in all its complexities...

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My San Antonio

Good
on Sep 05 2010

Caldwell lost her best friend, but that she ever found her to begin with, that they could cultivate such an immutable bond, is the real story here.

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Women's Voices for Change

Good
on Sep 21 2010

Caroline Knapp died in 2002...yet Gail Caldwell...brings her back with every paragraph.

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Statesman.com

Good
on Oct 16 2010

Caldwell is aware that she's telling "an old, old story"; what transforms it is a combination of fearlessness and grace.

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EzineArticles

Good
on Aug 21 2010

Let's Take The Long Way Home: A Memoir Of Friendship...is a moving book that is both sadly thought provoking and emotionally uplifting at the same time.

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Peeking Between the Pages

Good
Reviewed by Darlene on Aug 08 2011

I don’t think I’ll forget this book for a good long while. Just a warning – be prepared with some tissues.

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Good
Reviewed by Admin on Mar 29 2011

With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and grief in this moving memoir about treasuring and losing a best friend.

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Reviewed by Michelle V on Aug 15 2011

With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and grief in this moving memoir about treasuring and losing a best friend.

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