By Gail Caldwell
“It’s an outdated, previous tale: I had a chum and we shared every little thing, after which she died and so we shared that, too.”
So starts this pretty memoir through Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, a testomony to the ability of friendship, a narrative of ways a rare bond among girls can remove darkness from the loneliest, funniest, toughest moments in lifestyles, together with the ultimate and supreme challenge.
They met over their canines. either writers, Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp, writer of Drinking: A Love Story, turned top associates, conversing approximately every little thing from their shared heritage of a fight with alcohol, to their relationships with males and associates, to their love of books. They walked the woods of latest England and rowed at the Charles River, and the miles they logged on land and water grew to become a degree of the inner floor they lined. From disparate backgrounds yet with awesome emotional similarities, those inner most, fiercely self-reliant girls created an attachment extra profound than both of them may well ever have foreseen.
The friendship helped them outline the normal moments of lifestyles because the ones worthy cherishing. Then, a number of years into this impressive connection, Knapp used to be clinically determined with terminal lung cancer.
With her signature beautiful prose, Caldwell mines the private degrees of devotion and grief during this relocating memoir approximately treasuring and wasting a ally. Let’s Take the good distance Home is a party of existence and of the ameliorations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once more, why Gail Caldwell is famous as one among our bravest and so much sincere literary voices.
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Extra resources for Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
To keep to the housebreaking schedule; my apartment, a once orderly world of old Persian rugs and bookcases, was now littered with squeaky toys and stuffed lemurs. I postponed the idea of the trip abroad I’d been planning and rented a house on a Wellfleet pond instead, where I taught Clementine to swim. Having come of age in the Panhandle, where you could smell the stockyards from ten miles away, I had missed that roughhewn lifestyle ever since I’d moved to the urban Northeast. Now I was back in uniform, in jeans and boots, with dirt on my knees, and I felt as if I’d returned to some long-forgotten place of shelter.
He herded us into a queue as though we were a group of delinquents and began writing citations for criminal trespassing. I was planning on using a fake name, which seemed to me the obvious course of action, but Caroline, who was standing in front of me, dutifully announced who she was and where she lived. I sighed and made the decision to go down with her. A few weeks later we were summoned to court in the neighboring town of Stoneham, where all of us—nineteen offenders—were given a comically harsh lecture for our offense and sentenced to six months’ probation.
I was planning on using a fake name, which seemed to me the obvious course of action, but Caroline, who was standing in front of me, dutifully announced who she was and where she lived. I sighed and made the decision to go down with her. A few weeks later we were summoned to court in the neighboring town of Stoneham, where all of us—nineteen offenders—were given a comically harsh lecture for our offense and sentenced to six months’ probation. ) I stood to address the judge and began complaining of discriminatory treatment, as only the dog owners had been cited.
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship by Gail Caldwell