Review – The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir
John Grogan is the youngest of Richard and Ruth Grogan’s four children. The Grogans were devoted to each other and their Catholic religion. In The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir, John shares what it was like to grow up in this wonderful family. I laughed through the first half of the book as I read about his childhood exploits – setting off fireworks in a neighbor’s yard; sneaking peeks at his father’s photography magazines to see topless women; learning to smoke cigarettes, etc. – because his writing reminded me of what it’s like to be young.
The middle of the book made me smile. After college, John met and fell in love with a woman who was not Catholic. His parents found this difficult to begin with, but learned to accept it. John’s relationship with his wife forced him to be more honest with his parents and show them the man he is, and not the man he thought they wanted him to be.
I sobbed through the last part of this book as John and his siblings cared for their aging parents and coped with their father’s death. This part of the book is a very moving tribute to his parents.
I adored this book. Maybe it’s because I am about the same age as John and I remember the times he describes while growing up. Maybe it’s because my parents are older and my sister and I are beginning to face some of the things John and his siblings did. Or, maybe it’s just because it’s a wonderful book. The Longest Trip Home: A Memoir is published by William Morrow and will be released on October 21. This book is part of my Fall Into Reading Challenge.