In his novel, Long Way Gone, Charles Martin tells the story of Cooper O’Conner, the son of a traveling evangelist, who has had enough of his father, his father’s message, and his father’s God. After a confrontation, Cooper steals his father’s truck, money, and guitar, and heads for Nashville, determined to make it on his own merit. O’Conner experiences the high life before he comes crashing down and is forced to face the consequences of his choices. Will he make things right before it’s too late?
Charles Martin is a gifted story-teller who crafts deep authentic characters with whom the reader can identify. The use of descriptive detail throughout the story is beautiful and captivating. The narrative is packed with page-turning suspense and reaches a surprising climax with an emotional pull that lasts a long time.
Long Way Gone is a modern retelling of the Prodigal Son. While the story is told through different narrators, the style is inventive and adds an unexpected element of depth without being pretentious. Charles Martin is an excellent author, and I highly recommend Long Way Gone.
I was given a free copy in exchange for my honest review