This week on TALK! with AUDREY : Joining me this week is Pulitzer Prize winner GAIL CALDWELL, author of LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME.
LET’S TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME is an intensely moving memoir about Caldwell’s own coming-of-age in midlife, she writes frankly about the transition from being a fiercely private person to learning to share her life with an exuberant puppy and a new best friend, Caroline Knapp—a fellow writer, AA member, dog lover, and acute observer of life.
Together these two fiercely private, independent women relax into a friendship more profound than either of them ever expected, one that thrived on their shared interests as well as their parallel struggles with alcoholism and loneliness. They grow increasingly inseparable until Caroline is suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Gail Caldwell writes: “It’s the oldest of stories; I had a friend and we shared everything, and then she died and so we shared that, too.” Caldwell reminds us what makes friendship central to our lives.