Long Way Gone: A Novel

Long Way Gone: A Novel

by Charles Martin

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Cooper O’Connor was a long way from home—both geographically and from the damage he caused. Now that he’s back, is healing possible?

At the age of eighteen, singer/songwriter Cooper O’Connor thumbed his nose at his dad, stole most everything he held dear, and made his way to Nashville . . . where he promptly lost everything. After five difficult years, he fell in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. As their friendship grows and he realizes his love for her, he’s framed for a crime, shot, and left to die in a house on fire. Miraculously, he survives but the damage is severe: he can no longer sing or play music.

He quietly returns home to the mountains of Colorado, hoping to answer the questions that plague him. With forgiveness and reconciliation a distant dream, Cooper searches for a way to use his gifts for others—always hoping that somewhere along the way redemption will come within reach.

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ISBN-13: 9781531833350
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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Long Way Gone 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author but it definately won't be the last! Written so vividly, with detail that will make you feel like your watching a movie with an aray of interesting characters. A lovely story of love, redemption and forgiveness mixed with excitement and suspense. A page turning must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing writer. This story is so well told. I thought I was there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If I could give in more stars I would. Amazing writer and have purchased all his books for my nook since I read life intercepted 2 years ago!! Just purchased/ his new preorder that came out. Read one and you will be hooked! He gets better with every book of that is even possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a music lover, this story touched my heart immediately upon reading the first chapter. What a beautiful story with incredible detail. I felt like I was in every scene. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book club read Water From My Heart this year and we loved it. When I came across this book, I was interested in finding out whether another of his books could be as good. I was not disappointed! As a music lover this book spoke to me on a level that his other book could not. I came to understand the struggles of the main characters. I could not put this book down because I wanted to know what would happen next. The only complaint is that sometimes I was uncertain if what was happening was present day or from the past. But overall you will not be disappointed in th this book and its message.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poignant story told with beautiful craftsmanship. It touched deep places in my soul. Thank you.
BookLoverinFlorida More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book and feel that the narrator truly brought this story to life. I enjoyed how music was the backbone to the story that brought everything together. An emotional read for your next cabin getaway!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book!!
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Soulful, heartwarming, heart wrenching -- that only begins to tell the effects of Long Way Gone, Charles Martin's masterpiece of non-fiction. This novel spoke to me in a way that very few others ever have. No surprise he is a bestselling author. Through characters who step right off the page and into your heart, Martin takes the reader through both the creative and the dark sides of the music industry. In the process of telling this story, Martin shares the history of the songs, "O Danny Boy", and "How Great Thou Art", was well as the differences in the construction and, therefore the sounds of different guitars. Charles Martin either knows a lot about music, or he did extensive research to create a book that will not only educate you, it will peer into your soul.   Cooper ("Coop") O'Connor is a classically trained pianist, turned songwriter who can play several musical instruments including the guitar. Coop leaves home at the naive age of 18, and travels to Nashville, where his money and his guitar are stolen. Working a menial job at the Ryman Theater, he meets the up-and-coming singer, Daley Cross. Now he has returned to his home in the mountains of Colorado.   Daley Cross is now a down-and-out former star with perfect pitch, who had four hit songs (written by Coop) before her producer began giving her poorly written songs after she refused his advances. When she is picked up while hitchhiking, then beaten with her own guitar and dumped on a sidewalk in Colorado, Coop is in the right place at the right time to assist her.   Long Way Gone is about a father's love for his son, about giving back, about losing love and finding it again. It's about facing our shortcomings, our self-doubts, and overcoming them. It shows us that it is never too late -- we can always go home.   I can't say enough good things about this book. It would be a great book club selection. It should be required reading for anyone seeking a career in the music industry. I gave it five stars on GoodReads, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.   What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy?   -- Incorrect use of the phrase: "beg the question"; in this case it should have been "raise the question". Begging the question means to make a conclusion or an argument based on a premise that lacks logical support. "Raises the question" means a  statement brings up an additional question. "Begs the question", means that your argument is weak, at best -- worthless, at worst. -- Misspelled words:  a McPherson guitar "filled the air with a sonic tapestry....and leant itself to..." "Leant" should be "lent". This is most likely a computer error, but a good proofreader should have caught it. -- Single-sentence paragraphs - a huge no-no unless you're in the newspaper business. -- Sentences beginning with "and" or "but". Usually, the conjunction could be dropped from a stand-alone sentence. Often, the sentence could be combined with the preceding sentence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like this book, but the more I read the more I enjoyed it. Cooper grew up as a preacher's son and could see things others didn't. He had a talent for music. At the age of 18, he took his father's truck, money & guitar and set out to make a name for himself. Soon he realizes it's not as easy as he thought. Then he meets Daley and falls in love and they begin to make a career in music when tragedy threatens his life and career. Will he survive? Will he and Daley find a new course in life? Does Cooper finally return home and make amends with his father? A great story about a prodigal son!
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RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very touching. This was my first by this author, but I don't expect it will be my last. This had a strong faith theme...and a bit of the unseen spiritual world. Recommend. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Young Cooper O’Connor leaves his father and heads off to Nashville to make a fresh start for himself. He takes everything of value from his father, expecting that he will make it big there and be able to return after having proved himself. The years pass and he never sees his father again, but carries the lessons his father taught him in his heart. Years after a devastating tragedy, Cooper meets up with his long-lost love and wants to make amends but doubts that she will believe the truth. He must decide if his love for her is worth the risk of rejection yet again. Charles Martin weaves a beautiful tale of love and second chances set to lyrical prose. It gives the reader hope that reconciliation and God’s purposes are being worked even in difficult relationships. I loved this book: its characters, story line, plot twists, and the satisfying conclusion. I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest opinion.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This book was such a pleasant surprise! Martin is a new-to-me author, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was completely drawn into the story. Packed full of emotion, this modern day prodigal son story really tugs at the heartstrings. Plot: Cooper O'Connor grew up in the shadow of his father, a tent revival preacher. At eighteen, following an argument with his father, Cooper steals his favorite guitar and money , taking off for Nashville in search of his big break. Things don't go as planned, but his pride won't let Cooper go crawling back to his father. As he gradually scrapes his way to the top, he meets Daley Cross, an amazingly talented singer. Cooper shares a song he wrote with Daley which turns into a big hit. Tragedy strikes, ruining Cooper's chances to win Daley's heart and the two go their separate ways. Many years later, they're reunited when Cooper returns home, but it may be too late for him to reconcile. The story's told through Cooper's point of view. I enjoyed how it was divided into parts, telling both the past and the present, so the reader learns all about the events that have shaped Cooper's life. As a music lover, I really enjoyed the in depth look at some music history. And how about that gorgeous cover? I love the subtle way they made the road and guitar blend together. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction with a great message of hope and redemption. I found it comparable to Nicholas Sparks. I'd suggest making sure you have plenty of tissues handy, as you'll probably need them several times. I will definitely be looking to read more books from this author. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild. This review is my honest opinion.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
There are books which one reads and puts down at the end - satisfied and entertained but equally ready to move on to the next tale to escape into. Then there are stories which take a hold of your heart so tightly and resonate in some mythical way that putting the book down at the end almost feels like a wrench on one’s heart and which tale stays in the back of one’s mind long after the titles is sitting comfortably back in the bookshelf - or achieved in the e-reader in these modern times. Long Way Gone by Charles Martin is just such a tale. I travelled with Cooper - from big tent revivals, to Nashville and the historic Ryman Theatre. From the character’s to description of places I’d love to visit - to details around music that left me both impressed and fascinated. This modern retelling of the prodigal son is both moving and soulful. It’ll wrap around you like a warm blanket and reminds us all that truly there is no too far gone. A message I for one an not hear enough.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received this book for an honest review from The Fiction Guild. It was a wonderful story written about the Prodigal Son, but with a twist of it being about what he did and how things ended up in his life. With all the twist and turns, he didn't get a chance to thank his father and make amends before he father died but he found his belief in God helped him in some of the worse times in his life. And found out his father really did love him and forgave him before he died. This a wonderful read and take the time to take the story into your heart.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. And what about Daley Cross? What went on with her? The author just gets you so intrigued just how he wrote the book. I was mesmerized from the very first chapter. A boy, at first, whose love for the guitar and all things musical leads him to Nashville. He's got everything it takes to make it. However, he has several bumps in the road and decides that he will just work in a store that restores guitars and puts his dreams aside. Not long after starting work at the guitar store which just happens to be next door to the Ryman Auditorium, he gets a night job as jack of all trades where he works for several years. Until one day, he's caught playing Daley Cross's guitar singing one the many songs he's written. His career takes off. It's not too long after that, he learns personally about the snakes in the music business. Which takes a huge turn in his career. There is also the relationship with his father who is a tent preacher. So, there is some religion, but not so much that it turned me off. I just cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down. I couldn't put it down. And I was very sad at the end when I had to put it down. There will be tissues involved when reading this, so be prepared. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It is one of the best books I've read during 2016. Thanks to Thomas Zondervan for sending me this book for an honest exchange. I have been telling all my friends that they NEED to read this one!!
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
LONG WAY GONE by Charles Martin. Beautiful story, of the reimagining of the prodigal son of the Bible. Cooper at 18, wants to be rid of his straight laced father. Yet, takes his father's beloved guitar and sets out to make a name for him self. Then when life and music hit the bottom for him, he returns to Colorado, to find answers. The description grabs you from the beginning, the guitar with tape now, the fingers move across the strings. You realize the fingers hadn't lost the music. As he belts out the songs and crowds gather, they wonder who this man is, a drunk, or somebody. Given ARC by Thomas Nelson for my voluntary review and my honest opinion I have given.
Trully More than 1 year ago
It was great that this book got read right before two natural disasters a wildfire and a tornado close by. It was already read right before Thanksgiving. And what a great reminder it was as Christmas is approaching, then New Years, and Valentine's. It reminds of staying renewed, what giving is for, and what true love really is. Do you want to read something that touches your soul, entertains you, helps you assess and think of your own life and your close relationships, how you were raised, what your spiritual connection is, your musical likes and abilities or of those you have that aspire you? This book, Long Way Gone had me thinking just that as the characters showed me many aspects of life and how rich we can go to dig out or true meaning for living. We have to get it own answers regardless of our past and this book points one in that direction as we all have a journey and a path! Charles Martin wrote a book that is able to give a really clear parable similar to that of the Prodigal Son and let's one see is there a Prodigal son in us? Are we somehow lost not knowing it at times? Do we still know how to truly be on the planet for a higher calling and be whatever we were meant to be, not in just a temporary way? This book moves one way beyond words, spirit speaks and everyone can learn! Thank you for this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent modern day version of the story of the Prodigal Son. Peg has the special talent for song writing, singing and playing the guitar. His father is a traveling preacher and realizes his sons potential. He tries to guide him and warns him of the ways of the world and the need to be true to himself. Peg chooses to go his own way. This is a beautifully written story that won't be forgotten.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
Charles Martin is one of my favorite male authors. I mainly read Women’s Fiction, which is usually written by…well…women. But there are some male writers who can capture the essence and heart of a woman’s psyche. Charles Martin is one of the best. “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.” ~excerpt Long Way Gone is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of a prodigal son and his journey through life wishing he’d done things differently. Raised by a well-known, pragmatic, yet pure-hearted father, Cooper ‘Peg’ O’Connor wants what he wants, how he wants, when he wants it, so he strikes out on his own—against his father’s wishes. Cooper is a brilliant songwriter with many gifts and abilities, but his life quickly falls on hard times. He searches for a way to right his wrongs, but listens to his head, rather than his heart. Charles Martin brilliantly weaves a myriad of people into Cooper’s path. They are purposeful, life changing, and exceptional. I loved nearly every character—Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Slocumb, Daley, Blondie—but my heart melted every time Big-Big graced the page. This gentle giant has depth, meaning, and a loyal heart of gold. If I had to pick one character from this book to be the subject of a new book, it would be him. “That was the night I learned the value of an old hymn. How something so old and “out-of-date” could say words my heart needed to hear and didn’t know how to say.” ~excerpt Though this is a love story of sorts, it is much more—music, heartbreak, history, and things unseen... It rips a heart open, gives equal portions to the heart, soul, and mind, and yearns for a salve to heal all three. To be completely honest, the story started a little slow for me, but gradually pulled me in and hooked me. This story, and its characters, will stay with me for a long time. I’ve never read a book like it. It encapsulates a spiritual-ness (could only find a non-word to fit) that can only be fully absorbed by an open and eager heart. Once you finish the book, you’ll understand what I mean. I highly recommend Long Way Gone. It may even solidify the way you see life, death, and the hereafter. Yeah—it’s that powerful. 5 Stars Cover: Love Title: Love Publisher: Thomas Nelson Pages: 320 Pace: Steady ISBN: 978-0718084714 First Lines: I’d seen him before. Old guy was probably seventy-five. Maybe eighty. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
What a beautifully written book. If you haven’t read anything by Charles Martin you really need to. His books take you to a depth rarely found in books. There is a spiritual tone to everything. I loved this retelling of the prodigal son. The book actually starts after Cooper is older and we catch up with him. Then the book flashes back to how he got where is today. I also appreciated the music in this book (since I’m a music person). Charles describes what music can do to a person in wonderful pictures. Overall, this is a great book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a new perspective on a story you already know. A copy of this book was given to me though the BookLoook Bloggers program. All opinions are my own.
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
It's quite heavy and intricately woven, this contemporary prodigal son story: Long Way Gone by author Charles Martin. I was in for a surprise when I received this book. While I'd seen the wooded path and the man in the distance on the book cover, I didn't notice the most telling feature of the cover until I held the book in my hands: the path is a guitar. This is certainly a tale where music is a living, breathing creation, and musical instruments are virtually people. The author gives illustrations of gifting that goes beyond talent, beyond what's tangible, and fierce love (of different kinds) that does the same--that goes beyond. I did have some minor issues with the plot development. I didn't fully buy into how drastic the protagonist's turn on his father is, perhaps because the severe change happens in a rather short amount of time, reading wise. And the story may have what I call "too many endings," when it seems a climax or conclusion stretches a bit too long or keeps unfolding so much that the zenith or plateau it reaches begins to lose its effect. But that's of little matter here, considering all the areas of the soul the novel explores, and the powerful depiction of a love that is, again, so fierce that I had to set the book aside for a while and just breathe. I couldn't even cry. They may be what Wordsworth would call "Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears." But, knowing myself, and being sure that my thoughts from this novel will stick with me, I may very well cry later. _________________ BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.