A Thousand Miles by Bridget Morrissey is a four star read. It is at once both a simple and complicated story about a lost friendship that was never really let go. Dee and Ben were best friends in high school. In their senior year, they drove from Illinois to Colorado to visit Ben’s grandmother. Somehow they manage to return with their friendship shattered. Ben walks away without a word and ten years have passed.
They create lives for themselves with Ben becoming a teacher in Indiana and Dee creating a successful podcast around secrets called ‘Did I Forget To Tell You’. Ben shows up after ten years and asks Dee to come with him back to his Gam’s house to pack it up.
What really happens is they unpack all their feelings, angst and love they have been holding onto and hiding from all these years. It is not an easy ride.
Morrissey takes the reader on this journey with Dee and Ben in some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. I felt all their pain, joy and rediscovery of each other and themselves in every line. She interjects pieces of Dee’s podcast. Her co-host grew up with them and witnessed it all. Family secrets are exposed and their dynamic will be changed forever.
A Thousand Miles is brilliantly written. This is Bridget Morrissey’s second book. I will be reading her first book, Love Scenes, and look forward to many more books by her.