Let’s Take the Long Way Home. Finished 9-11-17, rating 3.75/5, memoir, pub. 2010
Unabridged audio read by Joyce Bean. 5 hours.
They met over their dogs. Both writers, Gail Caldwell and Caroline Knapp, author of Drinking: A Love Story, became best friends, talking about everything from their shared history of a struggle with alcohol, to their relationships with men and colleagues, to their love of books. They walked the woods of New England and rowed on the Charles River, and the miles they logged on land and water became a measure of the interior ground they covered. From disparate backgrounds but with striking emotional similarities, these two private, fiercely self-reliant women created an attachment more profound than either of them could ever have foreseen.
The friendship helped them define the ordinary moments of life as the ones worth cherishing. Then, several years into this remarkable connection, Knapp was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. From Goodreads
The first line, “It’s an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too.” Just beautiful. Caldwell is a Pulitzer Prize winner and this story of her friendship with author Caroline Knapp is so moving. These two women shared such a bond and to have it broken at such an early age, Knapp was in her early 40’s, was heartbreaking. The most moving to me was how Caldwell shared her own struggles with alcohol, something that she and Knapp shared. It was a beautiful tribute to an enviable friendship.