John Grogan’s first book, Marley and Me was a success story because of a wonderful, goofy dog that claimed our hearts. The cover art showing adorable Marley would grab the attention of any dog lover. When I read that John Grogan had another book coming out for adults I couldn’t resist seeing what else he had to share.
The Longest Trip Home: a memoir is another heartwarming story of family that draws parallels for many of us lucky enough to be part of a family. We laugh at Grogan growing up in Detroit during the baby boomer years as he discovers girls, smoking and how to annoy his teachers who are nuns in Catholic parochial schools. We struggle with him as he shares his departure from his parent’s values and the disappointment he causes them. His departure from his parent’s Catholic faith, marrying outside the faith and raising his children outside of the church all cause him guilt when he considers his parents wishes.
I found this book to be a departure from Marley and Me but a very moving tribute to how an American family loves and loses and learns how to grow together through the years.