Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell

Caldwell, local Cambridge based author and former chief book critic for the Boston Globe, here writes about the intense and nearly perfect friendship she had with author Caroline Knapp, whose untimely death at only 42 left Gail bereft. They had so much in common:  a love of the water, Caroline as a rower and Gail as a swimmer; they taught each other their sports. Also, they both were dog owners who found great joy in together training and exercising their dogs. On a darker note, they both had conquered drinking problems. Daily phone calls and walks with their pets formed a large part of both women’s daily routines. One of the members of my book group, a widow, thought Caldwell got it right about how grieving feels and works.

See two earlier staff reviews of this book here.

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RATING: * * * A good read
Reviewed by: kh

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