Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship

Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gayle Caldwell  ($12.42)

“The flaw is the thing we love.” Of all the passages worthy of dog-earing (or highlighting) in Let’s Take the Long Way Home (and there are many), this one is the most powerful wellspring. It captures the very thing we hope to find in friendship: a person who admires and cares for us not in spite of our flaws, but in acceptance of them, as part and parcel of who we are. For Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp–two intensely driven, talented writers who found in each other an uncannily similar share of life experiences and ambitions–loving the flaws became a cornerstone of their friendship. This is a beautiful story of the best things about best friends: shared rituals and private jokes, long walks (in this case, with their dearly loved dogs) and longer talks, confessions and discoveries. It would be wrong to say that their friendship ended with Caroline’s unexpected death, because it so obviously lives and breathes in the rich and wonderful tapestry of stories told here. —Anne Bartholomew
NPR interviews the author here.

Review in the NY Times is here.

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