The Long Walk Home


“Love that comes along too late—and thus is doomed by the prior commitments of an honorable life—is dangerous territory, veering close to the precipice of bathos. Will North’s debut novel The Long Walk Home stays the course; and the results are genuine, tender and affecting.”
—Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Still Summer

The Long Walk Home movingly conveys the life-changing effects of love between two middle-aged people with a lot of unshared history.”
Seattle Times

“…bittersweet, romantic…”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“How we perceive love and acknowledge its obligations is at the core of this first novel by ghostwriter North. . . Fi and Alec do share an immediate connection, but their witty exchanges and the fascinating descriptions of climbing, cooking (yes, Alec can do it in the kitchen), and lambing are absorbing from the very first. Alec has experienced loss and doesn’t want any more of it; Fi accepts that her dreams might have to remain just that. . .a joy to read.”
—Library Journal

“[A] lyrical first novel about love and loss. . . North offers vivid descriptions of the Welsh countryside, capturing its local dialect, flora and fauna, and wild weather. . .”
—Publishers Weekly

“A brilliantly realized romance…” 
The Strand Book Store, NYC

The Long Walk Home features some astute observations about the nature of the human condition, where fear of chaos, the collapse of order, and the triumph of confusion and tragedy can sometimes threaten to overtake us. Conversely, this enormously heartrending novel also tells us much about the unalterable, inexplicable power of love.
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