Charles Martin. Long Way Gone. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2016.
With the end of the year, I’m finally finding some time to catch up on several books that I’ve intended to review over the past several months. Hopefully, you have enjoyed the variety of books that I’ve posted throughout the month of December.
Charles Martin’s most recent novel, Long Way Gone, follows the life of musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor. During Conner’s youth, his father served as an itinerant preacher at tent revivals throughout the American West. Conner’s musical passion and abilities grew as an aspect of his faith, until his teenage years, when he threw away his past to pursue stardom in Nashville, Tennessee. Experiencing both incredible success and devastating loss, Conner eventually returns home to the Colorado mountains to rebuild his life. When he runs across a familiar face from his Nashville days, Conner must finally face the full extent of the lessons and faith his father once sought to teach him.
Mr. Martin writes a dynamic and heart-felt novel following the premise of the Biblical prodigal son story. With a rhythm reminiscent of great musical works, Long Way Gone will capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Long Way Gone! Having not previously read any of Mr. Martin’s novels, I was not sure if I would find his writing style, characters, or storyline appealing. However, I was intrigued at the concept of a book focused on a musician’s life experiences. I was exceptionally pleased to find that Mr. Martin expertly writes a non-chronological story, while managing to make it incredibly insightful and engaging to the reader. Likewise, the prodigal son aspects of the story feel natural within this contemporary setting, based on the fascinating cast of characters that Mr. Martin develops throughout the novel. In the end, I was most impressed with his ability to create a storyline that seamlessly integrates the rhythm and perspectives of musicians that seem realistic, even to a fellow musician.
Fans of Mr. Martin’s other work will definitely want to read Long Way Gone. Readers who enjoy great contemporary Christian fiction may also find this novel to be intriguing. Likewise, those who appreciate or play music will also find this book well worth the read!
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