LONG WAY GONE
by Charles Martin
Thomas Nelson Co.
PB, 291 pages
Cooper O’Connor needs only his voice and a guitar to captivate an audience. A musical prodigy, he dazzles throngs of fans each weekend at his father’s tent revivals and soon realizes he has the talent to make it big. Against his father’s advice, Cooper moves to Nashville at the age of eighteen to pursue a musical career. His dreams are crushed as he is quickly humbled in the cutthroat music hub and must struggle to survive.
After meeting rising star Daley Cross, Cooper’s dreams seem to be back on track, but a life-threatening tragedy snatches away everything he’s worked for and extinguishes his hope of proving to his father that his risky endeavor was worth it. Cooper embarks on a journey to return to his home and make amends while hoping those he left behind will take him back.
Long Way Gone chronicles a retelling of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in a modern, easy-to-read style and setting. Detailing the redemptive love of a father for his son, this book explores God’s protection and mercy when we find ourselves a long way from home. The book has discussion questions at the end of the book.
The book had a good plot, however the story begins slowly and doesn’t reach an engaging pace until the middle when the action picks up. This book is for older teens and adults. It contains scenes in bars, includes alcohol consumption and mild violence. This novel demonstrates God’s unconditional love for His children and highlights His provision, forgiveness, and ultimate plan for our lives even in the midst of rebellion.
Reviewed by Jaci Gorrell, a professional writing major at Taylor University, Upland, IN.