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Long Way Gone
by Charles Martin
From the back cover:
“No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.”
At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.
Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to the remote Colorado mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.
When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it himself.
A radical retelling of the prodigal son story, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.
About the author:
Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 10 novels, including his most recent book, Water From My Heart. His work is available in 17 languages. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife and their three sons.
Music speaks the words our mouths cannot.
Cooper had music coursing through his soul from childhood. He didn’t always use it in ways those around him thought he should, though. As we sometimes do, he made choices that had lasting consequences.
Long Way Gone is an amazing story of shame and grace, pain and healing. While there is a love story, it is much more than a common love between a man and a woman.
Painfully real characters draw you in with their all-too-relatable struggles. The three-part format felt a bit disjointed, but I still couldn’t bear to set the book down for long.
Whether you are a musician or not, this is one story nearly everyone could relate to at some level, and the truth woven skillfully through the pages will not leave you for a long time. Highly recommended!