Beautifully written and quite sad.
This was my first ebook ever and, for me, the perfect introduction to the format. I checked it out using the Libby app by Overdrive and it couldn't have been simpler. I read it on my phone which was great because I was able to take screenshots of the many brilliant passages that I wanted to remember and share with friends.
If you've ever wished for the death of words like bestie and frenemy, this memoir is for you. Gail Caldwell tells the story of a unique and powerful friendship, and what happens after her friend dies. Let's Take The Long Way Home will make you feel like you know Caldwell and her friend, Caroline Knapp, or wish you did. It's so skillfully written and honestly told that I was sad when I finished it. At least I have those screenshots!
One of the most beautifuly written books I have ever read. If you are a fan of excellent writting then this is the book for you.
Love this writer! The second title of hers I've read.
Beautiful testament to the quiet and transformative power that can exist in the friendship between women from conception through grief.
A beautifully written memoir of a friendship. Actually two friendships. One between the author and her closest girlfriend, and one between the author and her dog. It's heartbreaking and funny and so honest and true. I think most women will be able to relate to this. It's a quick read as well and worth the time!
This memoir speaks to the depth that friendship can take: how a friend can be a partner in life as much as any romantic relationship. In this writing, the author takes a look at how her best friend has proven to be the key figure in her life, both while the friend was alive, and even after her tragic death. The memoir quickly moves through the life of the author – both prior to and after meeting her best friend, and gives us a view to the character development of both these women. The cement of the friendship is explored and an unexpected joy in the book is the added relationship between these women and their dogs. The heartbreaking end not only looks at how a friendship gets transformed through death, but also the enormous impact of the death of one’s pet companion.
The following short note on this book, now in paperback, appeared in The Globe & Mail on Saturday, August 27, 2011:
"Pulitzer winner Caldwell and Caroline Knapp (a writer too) had their dogs and their writing in common when they met; and their love of books, relationships with men, and shared struggles with alcohol. Their remarkable relationship ended after several years, however, when Knapp died from cancer, leading to this gorgeous memoir about devotion, courage, and transformation."
I read this on a friend's recommendation but not really thinking I would like it as much as I did. I loved the idea of friendship like that and it reminded me of some friends I hold dearly.
Winner in the Relationships category - Books for a Better Life 2011
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