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Gail Caldwell
Gail Caldwell

Gail Caldwell

Agent: Lane Zachary

Gail Caldwell is the author of New Life, No Instructions. She is the former chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she was a staff writer and critic for more than twenty years. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. She is also the author of Let's Take the Long Way Home. Caldwell lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What others are saying

"[Let's Take the Long Way Home is] a near-perfect memoir: beautiful, humble, intimate and filled with piercing insights. Meant to be savored and shared."

Time

 by Gail Caldwell
Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
By Gail Caldwell | Random House, 2010

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"It's an old, old story: I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too."

So begins this gorgeous memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell, a testament to the power of friendship, a story of how an extraordinary bond between two women can illuminate the loneliest, funniest, hardest moments in life, including the final and ultimate challenge.

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.

With her signature exquisite prose, Caldwell mines the deepest levels of devotion and grief in this moving memoir about treasuring and losing a best friend. Let's Take the Long Way Home is a celebration of life and of the transformations that come from intimate connection—and it affirms, once again, why Gail Caldwell is recognized as one of our bravest and most honest literary voices.