Gail Caldwell, the Globe's former book critic and a Pulitzer Prize winner, reads Thursday from a memoir of her friendship with fellow writer, the late Caroline Knapp. Knapp's bestseller was built on a metaphor many alcoholics could relate to: Drinking: A Love Story.
Here's how Publisher's Weekly describes Caldwell's book
Caldwell has managed to do the inexpressible in this quiet, fierce work: create a memorable offering of love to her best friend, Caroline Knapp, the writer (Drinking: A Love Story) who died of lung cancer at age 42 in 2002. The two met in the mid-1990s: ′Finding Caroline was like placing a personal ad for an imaginary friend, then having her show up at your door funnier and better than you had conceived.′ Both single, writers (Caldwell was then book critic for the Boston Globe), and living alone in the Cambridge area, the two women bonded over their dog runs in Fresh Pond Reservoir, traded lessons in rowing (Knapp′s sport) and swimming (Caldwell′s), and shared stories, clothes, and general life support as best friends.
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