FOLLY

From  ADELE GRESSER

Title:  FOLLY

Author:  SUSAN MINOT

THE MAIN CHARACHTER, LILLIAN ELIOT, IS A YOUNG LADY WHO DOES’NT KNOW WHAT SHE WANTS. NONE OF THE YOUNG MEN IN HER FAMILY’S GROUP OF FRIENDS INTEREST HER.  ALONG COMES A DASHING YOUNG MAN NOT IN HER GROUP OF FRIENDS, WALTER VAIL, WHO KNOCKS HER OFF HER ROCKER.WALTER AND LILLIAN BECOME ENRAPTURED WITH INE ANOTHER.  WW2 COMES ALOMG AND WALTWER WANTS TO HELP SO HE GOES TO FRANCE. HE DECIDES NOT TO COME BACK TO BOSTON.  LILLIAN IS DISTROT .  TIMES GOES BY A  YOUNG MAN , GILBERT FINCH, A SOLID CITIZEN, A ROCK SHE THINKS SHE CAN DEPENDION BUT HE IS THE ONE THAT NEEDS HER.AFTER 3 CHILDREN FINCH IS NOT ALL THERE AND OUT OF THE BLUE WALTER VAIN SHOWS UP.READ THE OUTCOME.

Let’s take the long way home: a memoir of friendship

From Jackie Cantwell
author: Caldwell, Gail
Let’s take the long way home: a memoir of friendship
This is an account of the author’s friendship with Caroline Knapp, the
author of Pack of two and Drinking: a love story (among others), who died
of lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 42.  I liked Ms. Knapp’s articles in
Glamour magazine.  Theirs  was a very close friendship.  They were both
single writers with dogs living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Both women
were recovering alcoholics.  Gail was a swimmer and Caroline was an avid
rower on the Charles River.  They taught each other their favorite sports,
went on vacations together, trained their dogs together and spoke every
day.  Does anyone even have friendships like this anymore?  I imagine that
Ms. Caldwell agrees with Socrates’ statement that “the unexamined life is
not worth living”.  She deftly delineates the meaning of their friendship
and how important Caroline was to her.  The grief she endures brings to
mind that of Joan Didion in The year of magical thinking.  Ms. Caldwell is
a masterful writer. This is a heartrending tale, a four-hankie memoir. 
Read it if you’re strong enough.