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The Longest Trip Home

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781848941427

Price: £9.59

ON SALE: 28th May 2009

Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs


‘Genuinely heartrending’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘Wry and witty’ WASHINGTON POST

‘Grogan makes readers feel they have a seat at the family dinner table’ PEOPLE

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Finding your place in the world can be the longest trip home.

In his bestselling Marley & Me, John Grogan perfectly described one family’s love for their wondrously neurotic dog. He made us laugh and cry, and showed how unconditional love can come in many forms. Now, in The Longest Trip Home, John writes with the same honesty, openness and humour about the relationship between a son and his parents.

As a ‘bad’ boy in a good family, John didn’t always live up to his parents’ expectations, but as a man he came to understand the love they gave him every day of his life. In The Longest Trip Home John describes his painful, funny and poignant journey into adulthood. A fateful call from his father would lead him on the next leg of his journey – the trip back home.

At its heart, this is a universal story about growing up, and making peace with your parents before it’s too late. As warm and moving as Marley & Me, The Longest Trip Home is a tribute to the power of family and love.


Genuinely heartrending . . . deeply felt humanity and pathos
<i>New York Times</i>
It is funny, poignant and honest
<i>Scotsman</i> Magazine
Wry and witty
<i>Washington Post</i>
You've met the wife and dog, now meet the parents . . . Grogan makes readers feel they have a seat at the family dinner table
A hilarious and touching memoir . . . a tenderly told story
<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, Starred Review
John Grogan is more like Marley than he might want to believe. An affable, unassuming rabble-rouser, the author who penned a bestseller about his goofy dog gets up to some hilarious antics of his own in a new coming of age memoir, THE LONGEST TRIP HOME
With his telltale humor and poignant observations about life and our humanity, John Grogan delivers another emotional whollop here. THE LONGEST TRIP HOME is a must read for anyone who has questioned their faith, sought to understand their identity, and loved their family. In other words, everyone.
Ann Hood, author of <i>The Knitting Circle</i>
Every now and then a memoir is so well written that readers are able to find elements of their own life story in the chronicle of the writer's life. So it is with this eloquent, tender, witty memoir. Shifting artfully between the voice of a child and the perspective of an adult, John Grogan captures our hearts from start to finish.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of <i>Wait Till Next Year</i> and <i>Team of Rivals</i>