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0919F_MCCARTHY2_BD_30P1Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Though Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite 80s movies, I knew very little about one of its stars, Andrew McCarthy. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down—written by Andrew McCarthy, who in addition to being an actor/director also happens to be an award-winning travel writer.

The Longest Way Home chronicles the period in Andrew’s life where he committed to several traveling opportunities when, perhaps, he should have been focusing on his impending marriage to D, a woman whom he had fathered a child with and had been living with for the past seven years. As Andrew traveled to some of the most dangerous and exciting parts of the world, it gave him the opportunity to look deep within himself and to make sure he could give himself completely to D.

I love reading memoirs such as The Longest Way Home because they give me a new perspective on public figures; it’s all too easy to blur the lines between an actor and a character he portrays. Reading his honest and insightful work helped me get to know him in an entirely new way.

As for the travel aspects on The Longest Way Home, I loved being able to read about places such as the Amazon, Ireland, Italy, and Kilimanjaro, just to name a few. It’s highly unlikely I will ever experience these exotic locales with my own eyes, so I appreciated the careful detail and well-crafted writing which allowed me to travel there vicariously.

The Longest Way Home is an accessible read to not only fans of McCarthy’s film and television credits, but also to those who love adventure and learning about new cultures and ways of life. McCarthy introduces readers to memorable people he encountered during his travels, especially a young girl by the name of Doris. Read this book, and I’m sure you will appreciate McCarthy’s candidness, crisp prose, and attention to detail just as much as I did.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.