An epic novel of passion, loss, and discovery set in the days that defined a generation.
Vernon Case is missing. For Cal Stewart, a disc jockey in Harriet, Mississippi, Vernon is much more than a runaway. He is the only heir of Po Case, the old man who raised Cal like a father. With an oath to bring Vernon home, Cal is caught up in the winds that whip the American firestorm in 1968, the year of RFK and King and Daley’s army in Chicago.
A Detroit Buddhist, a ghost of a best friend, a band gone underground on the Boston wharves, a girl-woman lover and soulmate—all swirl together in a river of change that sweeps Cal from his homeland to another America. For Cal and everyone he meets, and for all who knew that precious time or want to know it, Long Time Gone is the way it was.
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About the Author
Richard Sanford came of age in the sixties in a small town in the Deep South suspended in time and haunted with stories. In Chicago, he was an editor of Banyan Press, which published and hosted readings by Charles Wright, Sandra Cisneros, Galway Kinnell, and many others. He is the author of four published novels, poetry, short stories, and a play. Today he makes his home in the Pacific Northwest, east of Seattle. Novels • Ring of Stars • Long Time Gone • Roadkill • The Calling
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cal is a young man born during that indeterminate span of years between the last Depression-era babies and the first boomers. Adopted, seeking a moral compass, Cal abides by the small southern river town values of his best friend's father--until the family's younger son leaves home and the father sends Cal to bring the youth back. I've been riding along with Cal as his journey takes him to Daytona Beach, Boston, Chicago, and points west, sharing in his confusion as his perspective alters. Long Time Gone is evocative and nuanced, moody and delicately lyrical. Partly paean to the varied land- and weather-scape, partly road trip a la Kesey or Kerouac, partly history lesson, partly mind trip, the protagonist's growing awareness of what drives his friends, acquaintances, countrymen, lovers, and eventually, himself, resonates with me.