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The Longest Trip Home by John Grogan
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Sep 02, 2009

really liked it

Highly involving, well-written memoir novel about a man's gradual separation from a strict Catholic upbringing. It functions as a kind of biography, while focusing on the author's relationship with his parents, and the ways in which their differing world views changed their relationship.

I found more to enjoy in the first half of the book, the years Grogan spent growing up in the 60s and 70s, the adventures he and his friends got into, and the frequently hilarious ways in which he found fun as a kid. A few of his activities alarmed his parents and a couple of authority figures, but throughout his youth and young adulthood, his parents chose to ignore any concerns about their son not growing up as they'd like. As the years continued, the unspoken subject became a difficult barrier between them.

The second half of the book focuses on his adult life and resolutions and more honest conversations with his parents. The tone of the book overall is optimistic, and Grogan's love for his parents shows, despite their many conflicts all stemming from different sets of beliefs.

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