In an all-consuming quest to come to terms with the meaning and act of commitment, Andrew McCarthy found himself immersed in his travels; making exotic locales his sanctuary. The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down is McCarthy’s unabashed look at himself as an actor, travel writer, husband-to-be and father. As he contemplates his life, he comes to an authentic realization of who he truly is as he prepares to marry his longtime love.
Andrew sets the tone of his story with a retrospective look at the life changes he experienced as a young teenager that were integral to his growth into manhood. He divulges the ambiguous nature of his natural inclination to be a quiet loner after being uprooted in a series of moves with his family. He paints a shadowy picture of a father that was emotionally absent and unaccepting of his choice to be an actor. He deftly takes you on a journey of flashbacks and breakthroughs that expose him as a vulnerable and unsure young man in a relationship with vices into a spiritually learned and open-hearted story teller in an intimate relationship with serendipity and adventure.
As he travels from New York to Argentina, Peru, The Osa, Vienna, and finally to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, he meets exciting characters that remind him of the family he has left behind in order to explore deeper aspects of himself. Meanwhile, D, his fiance is his loving support, long distance companion, and wedding planner. Andrew’s adoration of D and his children are the foundation of his account, making it a beautiful coming of age story that he can pass along to his children in a way that would otherwise be difficult to express. He finally meets his family at the altar in Dublin for his wedding more complete than he was when he began his journey.
The tender sweetness of Andrew McCarthy’s chronicle ultimately depicts a man that is appreciative of the human spirit with its triumphs and failures, utilizing his writing as meditative catharsis and exploration. His heartfelt words of quiet reverence of the grandeur of life allow him to appreciate the preciousness of the life he has created and will evoke emotion from the depths of engaged readers.
The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Journey for the Courage to Settle Down is a beautiful reflection of what it means to be alive, to love, and to be loved.