Long Way Gone
“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.”

At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish.

Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith.

When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it’s too late to tell her the truth about his past—and if he is ready to face it.

A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home.

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  • Pamela
    Nov 10, 2016


    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Nov 4, 2016

    Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career was over,...

  • Judy Collins
    Nov 2, 2016

    Judy Collins

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then stood on the porch staring dow...

  • Teresa
    Oct 21, 2016


    "…that's the thing about music. It doesn't enter through the mind. It enters through the heart."There were so many statements in Long Way Gone that touched my soul. This book revolved around music and as a musician, it spoke deeply to me. And the story of Cooper, his dad, Big-Big,...

  • Donna
    Oct 19, 2016


    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

  • Olya
    Oct 19, 2016


    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for.But this one... I have to try and say something.I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something deep i...

  • Jim
    Oct 18, 2016


    Charles Martin has taken a parable of Jesus – the Prodigal Son, recast it and brought it into the twenty first century in a gripping and passionate work of fiction Long Way Gone. (Thomas Nelson, 2016)Centered around the life and choices of musically talented Cooper O’Connor, ...

  • Brent Soderstrum
    Oct 17, 2016

    Brent Soderstrum

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends to a ...

  • Ayekah
    Oct 16, 2016


    "Music cuts people free." "It silences the thing that's trying to kill us."What drew me to this book was the multi-layered combination of the musician as the prodigal son.Even the title spoke to me on a visceral level. This isn't a story written for the head, it's a story written for t...

  • Terrie White
    Oct 16, 2016

    Terrie White

    Few books do more than entertain, Charles Martin is gifted, spiritually blessed with a talent that makes you want to reach deep down inside yourself to be the best that you are created to be. "Long Way Gone" reflects some of Charles' most compelling work. It is beautifully written, emo...