This week’s #FridayReads is an exquisitely written new memoir from Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell—author of the beloved Let’s Take the Long Way Home.
NEW LIFE, NO INSTRUCTIONS chronicles a dramatic turning point in Caldwell’s life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of understanding, possibility, and connection. Perfect for readers of Anne Lamott, Kelly Corrigan, and Mary Karr, this is a moving memoir about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age.
“Beautifully written, lucid, and wise. We come of age again and again during the course of our lives, and need those who have traveled the path before us to shine a light, to lend a hand. Caldwell’s story is moving and gripping.”
—Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion and Slow Motion
“A meditation on how seemingly faint winds can blow us wildly off course; on how spending time with a beloved animal can benefit our basic humanity; and on what it means to overcome, at middle age, a multitude of blows. It is lyrical and smart and triumphant and you won’t read a more honest memoir in your life.”
—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and Half a Life